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New laws to increase Saskatchewan labour mobility

New laws to increase Saskatchewan labour mobility

REGINA, SK. – New legislation introduced in Saskatchewan is looking to make labour mobility much easier.

The Labour Mobility and Fair Registration Practices Act intends to reduce barriers for skilled workers who want to work in the province by recognizing their credentials in key sectors, including construction.

“To meet the demands of Saskatchewan’s growing economy, it is important that we develop our current labour force as well as recruit domestically and internationally to bring more skilled workers to the province,” said Jeremy Harrison, immigration and career training minister, in a statement. “This new legislation will be the most comprehensive of its kind and make Saskatchewan a destination of choice for skilled professionals and tradespeople.”

The Ministry of Immigration and Career Training will administer the act and assist regulatory bodies in meeting their obligations. 

This will include working with the regulatory bodies to examine timeframes for registration decisions, registration application requirements, qualification assessment processes and internationally-trained recognition pathways.

Officials noted Saskatchewan is one of the only provinces in the country without legislation requiring regulatory bodies to comply with domestic trade agreements or to support fair registration practices for internationally trained workers.

With approximately 120 regulated occupations and 60 regulatory bodies in the province, the act will apply to all of Saskatchewan’s regulated occupations and industry members such as the Saskatchewan Construction Association and the North Saskatoon Business Association support the move.

“As we enter the busiest time of the year for the construction sector in Saskatchewan, it is more important than ever that our members have access to a wide pool of skilled tradespeople,” said Mark Cooper, Saskatchewan Construction Association CEO. “The introduction of this new act will ensure that we maintain our safety standards and can quickly grow our workforce of skilled workers in a timely and efficient manner.”

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