These days, Canadian employers are troubling to find the right candidate for their jobs. That’s why they look for foreign workers to help minimize the current labour shortage. Canadian employers can hire foreign workers either on a permanent or temporary basis.
Lets know how to hire a Foreign Worker
Hiring Temporary Workers
The government of Canada has launched the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and International Mobility Program (IMP). Canadian employers can hire foreign nationals temporarily through any program.
Temporary Foreign Worker Program
To hire through TFWP, the employer must get the following documents before hiring a temporary worker.
- Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from employment and
- Social Development Canada or Service Canada
LMIA confirms that the employer is unable to fill the job, which is why they need a temporary worker. Once the LMIA is issued, the employer should provide a copy of the confirmation letter to the candidate. So, they can apply for a work permit.
International Mobility Program
To hire through IMP, the employer will need to pay an employer compliance fee. Also, they have to submit an offer of employment to IRCC website through IRCC’s employer portal. The employer must do it before the candidate applies for a work permit.
Under the IMP, the employer can hire without the need for an LMIA.
Note: If the candidate has an open work permit, the employer doesn’t need to submit an offer of employment or pay the employer compliance fee.
When the employer go through the IMP process, and the candidate’s application for a work permit is approved, the employer must;
- Arrange worker’s compensation benefits and medical coverage for their stay.
- Make sure the worker has a necessary work permit
- Fulfill the conditions and time limits outlined in the worker’s work permit
- Stay engaged in the business that submitted an offer of employment
- Provides the worker wages and working condition according to the offer of employment
- Offers the same job as mentioned in the offer of employment
- Fulfill all federal, provincial and territorial employment laws
- Make reasonable efforts to provide a better workplace
Hiring Permanent Workers
As an employer, you can also hire a candidate permanently. In January 2015, IRCC launched Express Entry to manage the application for permanent workers. The following programs handle this process;
- The Federal Skilled Worker Program– for individuals with professional work experience under the NOC system.
- The Federal Skilled Trades Program– for foreign nationals who want to become PR on being qualified in a skilled trade.
- The Canadian Experience Class-for qualified temporary workers and graduates with professional experience in Canada.
- A specific portion of Provincial Nominee Program
All these programs help the employer to hire skilled workers easily. The employer can also hire permanent workers through three Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs.
As a temporary worker or a live-in caregiver, you can extend or change the status of a work permit. If your work permit is about to expire or need changes, you need to apply at least 30 days before the expiry date.Read More