Temporary Foreign Worker program discussed in South Surrey

A forum on the federal government's Temporary Foreign Worker program is set for May 30 at Semiahmoo Library.

A forum on the federal government’s Temporary Foreign Worker program is set for May 30 at Semiahmoo Library.

Featuring NDP MLA Mable Elmore (Vancouver-Kensington) as keynote speaker, the 2-4 p.m. event is to include a “blue-ribbon panel” of lawyers and other politicians, organizer Stuart Lyster said.

Lyster – retired minister of Sunnyside United Church – said Elmore will speak about the effects of the April 1 enforcement of the ‘four in, four out’ rule. It limits how long temporary foreign workers can work in Canada to four years; they must then wait four years before they can get a new permit.

Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan rules will be among other topics.

The forum is sponsored in part by Migrante BC, a community-based organization committed to the protection and promotion of the rights of Filipino imigrants and migrant workers.

Lyster was among Sunnyside United members who offered support in 2013 to Leticia Sarmiento, the nanny at the centre of a ground-breaking human-trafficking case.

The library is located at 1815 152 St.

For more information, call 604-831-5389.