CK LIP Report on Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Chatham-Kent



Chatham-Kent Local Immigration Partnership (CK LIP) has released "Exploring the Impacts of Regulatory Change on Temporary Foreign Workers in Chatham-Kent", a report on the use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Programs (TFWP) in Chatham-Kent, and exploration of the impact of recent policy changes.

 Beginning in October of 2013, CK LIP took part in a study of the TFWP in Chatham-Kent. The first aim was to take a holistic approach to the study of TFWP – Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) and Low Skilled Agriculture Stream (AS) – and their contribution to the agriculture sector and the rural economy in Chatham-Kent. Secondly, this study aimed to explore the impact of recent AS policy changes that limit worker permits to a maximum of four years and to understand how this change in labor supply will affect local greenhouse operations when many labour permits expire in the upcoming year.

The study is part of ongoing work of CK LIP to better integrate newcomers in the community and to bring awareness of specific challenges faced by Chatham-Kent's largest newcomer group, agricultural migrant workers.  (A newcomer is defined as any individual born in another country that has moved to Canada within the last five years and currently resides in Canada.)

CK LIP is a council of community stakeholders which work together to support the development of self-sustaining multi-sectoral partnerships at the local level to integrate newcomer needs into the municipal planning process, while influencing provincial and federal priorities and processes. Local Immigration Partnerships typify the two-way street approach to integration, wherein all newcomers and members of the host community are considered equal and important agents of change.

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Read the full report, Exploring the Impacts of Regulatory Change on Temporary Foreign Workers in Chatham-Kent.