Manitoba touts foreign worker protection program

WRAPA ‘tremendously successful,’ according to labour and immigration minister
|Western Report|Last Updated: 11/13/2009

Manitoba’s Worker Recruitment and Protection Act (WRAPA) has proven effective in protecting vulnerable immigrants and supporting employers that want to recruit foreign workers, according to provincial Labour and Immigration Minister Nancy Allan.

“(It) has been tremendously successful in preventing workers from being exploited and in supporting and educating employers who wish to recruit foreign workers,” said Allan, calling the legislation — which has been on the books for six months and was the first of its kind in Canada — a “win for workers and a win for employers.”

So far, more than 900 employers have registered through the legislation. The employer registration process is the cornerstone of the legislation, said Allan.