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PEI Temporary Workers Voice Concerns to Premier Over Immigration Cuts

Temporary foreign workers in Prince Edward Island recently met with Premier Dennis King to express their concerns about the province’s intended reduction in its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This will limit their chances of gaining permanent residency. 

The new immigration strategy, announced in February, aims to reduce immigration to manage the increasing demand for affordable housing.

Premier King emphasized the need to balance welcoming new residents and easing pressure on public services and infrastructure. He acknowledged the province’s dependence on highly trained, skilled workers to sustainably grow these systems. 

The temporary reduction in immigration nominations by 25 percent would help balance skilled labor needs while allowing time for infrastructure and services like healthcare, housing, and early learning to catch up.

The strategy comes in response to a surge in inter-provincial immigration during the COVID-19 pandemic, making PEI the province with the highest population growth rate from 2018 to 2023. 

The report “Growing Together: A Population Framework for Prince Edward Island” highlighted PEI’s leadership in population growth, noting a 14.1 percent increase over five years.

Temporary foreign workers in PEI worry that the changes will jeopardize their chances of staying in Canada once their work permits expire. 

Employers also voiced concerns, fearing the reduced immigration targets will affect their ability to retain workers. If workers are forced to leave after their permits expire, there will undoubtedly be a potential impact on many businesses.

Provincial Workforce Minister Jenn Redmond indicated that temporary foreign workers with expiring permits will be contacted but did not provide specific details on potential solutions. The changes come amidst broader adjustments in immigration policies aimed at balancing economic growth with sustainable development in PEI.

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