TFW Symposium 2010

The symposium has ended.

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Temporary Foreign Workers in Nursing: Alberta and Manitoba Perspectives

The Work and Learning Network in partnership with the Prairie Metropolis Centre are pleased to invite and welcome you to a Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) symposium on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Come and join us as we learn and share information and discuss research, issues, concerns and practices relevant to TFWs in the two provinces.

The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program in Canada was introduced in 1973 as the Non-Immigrant Employment Authorization Program and the significance of this program has grown over time. For example, the number of TFWs in Alberta increased seven-fold between December 1998 and 2008. The TFW program currently provides high, middle, and low skill workers with a work permit to be employed in areas of high labour demand for an authorized period of time.

Acknowledging the diversity of workers involved, this symposium focuses on one area that has been a focus of recent recruitment—nursing.

Questions addressed by our speakers from health, government, and research communities in Alberta and Manitoba relate to the workings of immigration and credential assessment and recognition processes and program outcomes. This symposium will provide a forum for discussion amongst policy-makers, employers, unions, academics, immigrant-serving agencies and others about the complex issues arising from the TFW program.