Settlement: Considerations for Temporary Foreign Workers in Brandon and Area

Resulting from discussions with government, community, and industry representatives regarding knowledge gaps related to the impacts and nature of the flow of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) and their families to the area, a dialogue group was formed. The Rural Development Institute (RDI)1 TFW Dialogue Group represents various perspectives and will serve as a mechanism to better understand the TFW process while also developing a network to promote and assist further related work. An overall vision for the group includes the capacity to choose and discuss related topics and engage guest speakers that will inform policy, programming, planning, and research. An inaugural meeting was hosted by RDI on September 11, 2007 and the meeting’s goal was to create a forum that encourages open and dynamic discussion that responds to the need for clarity and direction for community and government stakeholders. The outcome of the first meeting was an established group structure, content focus, and processes for moving forward. A second meeting, which was held on November 8, 2007, focused on clarifying the expectations, roles and perspectives of key stakeholders involved in the temporary foreign worker process. A third meeting, held on January 31, 2008, focused on issues of settlement and sought to clarify the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in ensuring the settlement of TFWs. This paper will use as its starting point the discussions presented at this third dialogue group meeting combined with information gleaned from secondary documents.