September 4, 2014 12:28 pm
Updated: September 4, 2014 2:04 pm

Sask. keeping tabs on Canadian worker layoffs at potash job site

Allegations arise of Canadian workers being laid off at Saskatchewan potash expansion project in favour of temporary foreign workers.

Luke Banville / Global News

REGINA – Saskatchewan’s immigration minister says he hopes employers act responsibly under Ottawa’s temporary foreign worker program, despite reports Canadian workers have been laid off from a potash mine job site.

Jeremy Harrison was commenting Wednesday after word that Alliance Energy Ltd., recently cut 58 Canadian employees from an expansion project at the Agrium potash mine near Vanscoy, southwest of Saskatoon.

Reports indicate temporary foreign workers were kept on the payroll.

Harrison says the provincial government has no control over the program, but is gathering information on a federal investigation into the layoffs.

Alliance is an employee-owned company which provides electrical contracting and maintenance services throughout Saskatchewan.

The company has said it’s fully compliant with the federal program.

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