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Information on revamped program

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Estevan is among the Saskatchewan communities selected to host an information session on the revamped Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) Program.

The meeting will happen on Tuesday, September 9, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Days Inn Plaza. Nick Koolsbergen, who is the manager of communications for Employment Minister Jason Kenney, said there will be a presentation on the new TFW program, and those in attendance will be able to ask questions.

Program officials from Employment and Social Development Canada are partnering with Saskatchewan Immigration Services to provide information, Koolsbergen said. The speakers are experts on the program, Koolsbergen said.

"They'll run them through what all the changes are, the new forms, and that sort of information," said Koolsbergen. "It's basically a chance for employers to ask questions.

Koolsbergen said the department frequently hosts sessions like the one in Estevan, because they want eliminate confusion and help people understand protocol and rules.

While Estevan is a tight labour market, Koolsbergen said the number of TFWs in Estevan was not one of the reasons that they chose to have a session in Estevan.

Koolsbergen said there doesn't seem to be a lot of confusion about the changes to the TFW program, but the federal government wants to be as helpful as possible to make sure people understand the rules, and get the chance to ask questions.

"It's never a bad idea to do these things," he said.

They'll also have meetings in Lloydminister, Saskatoon and Regina.


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