Nova Scotia

New law would protect N.S. temporary foreign workers

Temporary foreign workers in Nova Scotia would get protection from job recruiters who charge high fees to help them find work under legislative changes introduced by the province's NDP government.

Temporary foreign workers in Nova Scotia would get protection from job recruiters who charge high fees to help them find work under legislative changes introduced by the province's NDP government.

Labour Minister Marilyn More said a bill introduced in the legislature on Wednesday would prevent anyone from charging fees to help workers find jobs and would require recruiters to be licensed.

The government said recruiters have been charging high fees for their services.

"We heard of fees in the neighbourhood of $2,500 to $3,000 charged to a group of workers who actually come from the Philippines," said Bill Grant, director of labour standards for the province.

"That's a pretty significant amount of money for somebody there, I think."

The proposed bill would also make it mandatory for employers to register when they bring in foreign workers.

With files from The Canadian Press

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