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SK’s Immigration Services Act now in force

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July 3, 2024
By Brandi Cowen

Saskatchewan’s Immigration Services Act came into force on July 1, enhancing the province’s ability to manage and monitor the immigration system and protect foreign workers from exploitation.

“Saskatchewan continues to attract newcomers from all over the world, who are essential to growing the economy and filling our province’s labour market needs,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “This strengthened legislation will enhance Saskatchewan’s ability to protect foreign workers as they arrive in the province, streamline processing for employers, and will set a new standard for program integrity in Canada.”

The new Immigration Services Act has replaced the Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act, bringing all authorities related to immigration in Saskatchewan under one piece of legislation. This will enable the province to respond to changing needs in the immigration system and will streamline the process for employers recruiting internationally to address their workforce needs. This new legislation is crucial to ensure that Saskatchewan can attract and retain the labour force required to support its growing economy.

The act provides better protection to foreign workers against exploitation and enhances oversight of foreign worker recruiters, immigration consultants and employers. It also provides the provincial government with increased investigative authorities and enforcement measures to tackle immigration fraud, including the highest fines for violations in the country. With stronger legislation, the province hopes to deter fraud more effectively, streamline its operations, and improve processing times, resulting in a more efficient and effective immigration system.

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