The Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) jointly commissioned Pivotal Research Inc. (Pivotal Research) to conduct policy research focused on Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) in the Prairie provinces—encompassing the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan—building on the TFW Prairie Region Project to provide AAISA and CCIS with insights and opportunities to strengthen the TFW-serving ecosystem across the Prairie region.

As presented through the project analysis, TFWs’ needs are primarily integration-oriented— food security, housing, financial literacy and assistance, public health, information services—that result from inadequate service supports on- and outside-the-job. The project analysis and literature review also show structural gaps in employer engagement, funding supports, and monitoring mechanisms that help employers ensure their workers are productive and healthy on-the-job. Geographically mapped data further paint a picture of opportunities for future expansion for immigrant-serving SPOs, especially in rural areas where there continues to be TFW service “deserts”.

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