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Temporary Foreign Worker Program changes demonstrate lack of understanding of Saskatchewan business needs

The changes recently announced to the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program failed to demonstrate a clear understanding of the need for more workers and the current value of the TFW program to businesses in Saskatchewan. To see the media release sent out by the Saskatchewan Chamber, click here.

Saskatchewan Employment Act a long-term policy win for the Saskatchewan Chamber

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is pleased that the long-anticipated Saskatchewan Employment Act has been proclaimed, and that the consolidated labour legislation and associated regulations took effect this week.

“This is a big policy win for us,” said Steve McLellan, Sask Chamber CEO. “We have advocated for this for many, many years now. By modernizing this legislation, the government has paved the way for creating a more productive and competitive province.”

Changes resulting from the legislation include accommodating modified work arrangements, the introduction of time banking, continuance of days of rest, requiring the designation of a prime contractor in certain industries, and removing the need for OH&S committees to submit minutes to the Ministry.

“I would like to thank the many members of the Saskatchewan Chamber’s Expert Committees for the hard work they put in over the years, and the dedication they showed to this file,” McLellan said. “It is their commitment that is truly paying off for Saskatchewan business and employees alike.”

For more information on these changes, how they affect Saskatchewan workers and employers, or a complete copy of The Saskatchewan Employment Act and the associated regulations, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/work.

Immigrants are welcome and very much needed in Saskatchewan communities

For over a century, Saskatchewan has welcomed newcomers as productive members of society, as employers and employees, community builders and contributors to our economy. The need for such new people now is as strong as ever; our labour shortage is not a ploy manufactured by business to obtain ‘cheap labour’ as some groups may suggest. As of today, there are over 15,000 job vacancies posted on the SaskJobs website, and our province is leading the nation in low unemployment. Shortening hours, closing doors, or forgoing sales because there are too few workers will benefit no one.

The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program has been and continues to be a vital component to the growth of Saskatchewan’s economy, particularly for the regions and sectors not typically attractive to potential employees. For many businesses, it is only through the availability of foreign workers that they have been able to meet demand and grow. 

Read the full article by clicking here.

Sask Chamber says provincial budget met business expectations

“The province has put forward a budget that, while dealing with demands for increased expenditures due to growth and the cost of living, has managed overall expectations across the board,” said Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce CEO Steve McLellan. “First and foremost, it is balanced. We are also pleased with the move to summary income statements, which will provide a greater degree of transparency and accountability.”

Having said that, McLellan added, the Sask Chamber was admittedly disappointed with the lack of action on the promised two per cent reduction in the corporate income tax rate, which it feels would have provided cash flow to business and stimulated the continued growth of the economy.

To read the full press release, click here. To see a chart comparing the current budget with previous, click here.

Productivity Resources right here on the Chamber website

The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce has increased its focus on the need for enhanced business productivity in response to current issues that face Saskatchewan businesses, such as the shortage of skilled workers. A list of productivity tools may now be found on the Productivity section of our website. Simply click the link in the left column of our home page to enter this area and view the tools.

 


Monica Kreuger
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Saskatchewan Chamber

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