Studies documenting experience of migrant workers in Saskatchewan
U of R, U of S research seeking better understanding of challenges
A Regina city councillor is leading two different studies documenting the challenges faced by migrant workers in Saskatchewan.
Andrew Stevens said the studies, done by researchers at the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan, will look at things like housing, health, occupational health and safety and employment rights.
Along with looking back at the experience over the last decade or so, Stevens said the studies will try to figure out what's happening now with the province's struggling economy.
"I don't think we're going to see a lot of people leaving. I think what has happened, and the government has encouraged us in this province, is permanent settlement."
Stevens said estimates suggest there are up to 11,000 migrant workers in the province. However, he said if you look at permanent residents and temporary foreign workers, the number could actually be double that.
Another aspect being considered, Stevens said, is whether or not moves made by new U.S. President Donald Trump will have an impact on the province, as refugees or immigrants may look to Canada for help.
By better understanding the experiences of these workers, Stevens said policies may need to be adjusted. The studies may bring more understanding to how these workers access certain services and how they're treated in the workplace.
With files from CBC Radio's Afternoon Edition