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Question 09

Olive Crane gives notice that she will ask the Minister responsible for Innovation the following question:

Date Submitted : November 18, 2014

A number of constituents from the Kings County area have questions concerning foreign works and the local labor force. Can you provide an update to the public; how many fish plant workers were needed in the fishing season 2014? Are there any tax payer funds for wage subsidies used to hire locals to work in the fish plants? Are there any tax payer funds for wage subsidies used to hire foreign workers to work in the fish plants? What are the advantages to a company to hire foreign workers? Are many local workers refused employment in the fish plants in favor of foreign workers?


Date answered : January 07, 2015

Answer Available at : http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/leg_f14ans3_6_9.pdf


According to the PEl Seafood Processors Association, the following are the number of fish plant workers on PEl for the 2014 season:

Total number of fish plant workers (all) 1600 est

Total number of TFW's in fish plants 339

The Province of Prince Edward Island did not issues any wage subsidies to hire fish plant workers for the 2014 season.

Access to TFW's is via a federal program. The company must first obtain a labor market opinion from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to allow them to pursue a fixed number of TFW's. To obtain the Labor Market Opinion the company must demonstrate they have advertised locally and could not find a sufficient number of workers. Under Federal rules, TFW's must be paid a wage equal to the local workers.

We have received no complaints regarding the hiring of local workers. Under Federal rules,companies are required to hire locally first.


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