An Overview of Temporary Foreign Workers in Brandon, Manitoba: Expectations, roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders

The Rural Development Institute’s involvement within the field of rural immigration has been relatively recent. In 2005 RDI hosted a rural immigration think tank session, engaging participants from a variety of interest groups both nationally and internationally. Since that time RDI has conducted four Manitoba case studies examining impact and community change associated with the flow of immigrants into rural areas3 . A series of lessons and knowledge was gleaned through those activities informing future work and policy. Now, in light of the conclusion reached through those case studies and the suggestions to consider each immigrant experience as unique in its own right, attention has shifted towards TFWs. This group of migrants, while being categorically different from those immigrants studied in the Manitoba Case Studies, pose unique challenges and considerations for receiving rural communities as their temporary status is encouraged to become permanent by way of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Ultimately the question that remains for rural communities receiving TFWs or economic immigrants is how can stakeholders ensure successful immigrant attraction, settlement and integration in small communities and rural areas?