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Being Hired as a Foreign Worker by a Canadian Employer

Being Hired as a Foreign Worker by a Canadian Employer

As with most countries’ approach to the employment of foreign workers, Canadian regulations establish certain restrictions regarding the employment of foreigners in order to give preference to Canadian workers. In order for a Canadian company to hire a foreign worker, two basic requirements must be fulfilled. Firstly, the work contract to be held between the Canadian company and the foreign worker must be approved by the Canadian Ministry of Labor ( known as Human Resources Development Canada -HRDC-). Secondly, this contract only becomes valid once the foreign worker obtains his or her visa from  Immigration Canada (hereinafter referred to as “work permit”). All work contracts held between Canadian companies and foreign workers must be authorized by the Ministry of Labor, unless the foreigner is married to a Canadian citizen, has parents, children or siblings who are Canadian citizens or possesses an Investors Visa. Foreign employees who belong in one or more of the latter three categories shall be referred to as a sort of  “Exonerated Workers”. *

Exonerated Workers* are exempt from certain restrictions that apply to non-exonerated foreign employees, for example, that the total number of foreign workers in a Canadian company must not exceed 20% of its payroll and the wages of foreign workers must not amount to more than 30% of the total wages paid out by the company. Exemptions are always permitted, for instance, for highly skilled workers and those to be employed in managerial positions. Degree certificates must be available, as well as evidence of previous work experience, if applicable. These documents must be legalized by the corresponding Canadian Consulate abroad and approved by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If the documents are not in English or French official languages of Canada, they must be translated by a certified translator. Work contracts must comply with several strict regulations. They cannot exceed 2 years, but may be renewed. The employer must undertake to train Canadian employees in the foreign worker’s field and guarantee that the foreign worker and his or her family will return to their home country.  Work authorization will take a while. Once the contract is authorized the worker must apply for his or her one year working visa . Please note that this process may take at least six and a 12  months. Finally, note that if the foreign worker entered Canada with a tourist visa, he or she must gain permission to sign contracts before signing the work contract.

Through company sponsorship or Work Permit it is relatively easy to immigrate to Canada,  because to work in the country, foreigners can travel on a temporary visa and apply for a work permit (an Employment Authorization [EA] in Canada), or become a permanent resident of Canada. To obtain an EA, a Canadian job offer validated by the Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) is required. This means that the employer has to prove that the position could not be filled by a Canadian citizen or resident. The validation process is complicated unless you are a software or IT professional, a member of the Youth Exchange Program, or the Spouse of Highly Skilled Temporary Worker. To enter the country, you should have the following:

  • a valid passport, travel document, or other identity document;
  • proof of sufficient funds while in Canada and enough to cover the costs of departure;
  • lack of a criminal record, and, in some cases, a recent medical examination.

Non-Canadians interested in emigrating to the country can check out http://hinenimedia.memberlodge.org, which provides information about obtaining work visas for Canada. Online assessment of eligibility to live and work in Canada can be made. In addition there is information on gaining permanent and temporary work status in Canada.

*Business inmigration category ( investor/Entrepreneur)

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FINDING WORK IN CANADA

FINDING WORK IN CANADA

You may think that having undergone the process of qualifying for emigration to Canada and having your skills assessed and approved, you are on the straight and narrow and Canada will welcome you with open arms. Migrant skills, your skills, are in demand, right? Well, yes, whilst that is true and that you have qualified to enter the country based on them, might be true but that  is not the case for you to find and walk straight into your dream job.

You see, whilst the skills that you possess have clearly been identified as being ‘in demand’, it does not necessarily follow that working for your employer with immediate effect can take place, especially at the income you might think you’ll be taking home in your wage packet. How ones job operates in the Asia,EU or the US is not necessarily indicative of how the same job can be carried out in Canada.

WORKING EXAMPLES

A retail or hospital pharmacist, a worthy example of a job skill in demand throughout Canada, who has a professional degree qualification obtained in the UK, has worked for a large number of years in the profession and who is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, will not be able to commence work in Canada without undergoing a one-year work under supervision (pre-registration) period and completing extra curricular study leading to passes in both verbal and written examination leading to state licensing. Pay will be at pre-registration level.

An ambitious, time-served air-conditioning engineer who wants to set up work on his own cannot without the necessary licence and for this he or she needs to undergo a lengthy period of work under supervision.

These two examples, which can be applied to so many trades and professions in the provinces and territories, may make you feel you’re no nearer your goal in achieving your dream life in Canada, but it’s not all that bad. Really, it’s not.

WORK IN  CANADA

English expat, Judy White, an Canadian resident of three years and colaborator of work in Canada recently highlighted to us the employment issues facing new migrants, both from the UK and other parts of the world. Your resume (C.V.) will, understandably, be written for your home country, not Canada. It sounds ludicrous to think that such an easy document to scrutinise and make a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision upon should be unfamiliar in a foreign country like Canada, but it’s a fact of life. It seems every migrant is required to spend much time re-shaping the style and content of their resume to appeal to Canadian employers, simply just to get a foot in the door and not be turned away in an instance. Consider also that a resume should appeal to the employer and subtle changes that emphasise certain aspects of your working background can reap reward.

Hineni Media can help you do this and, you’ll be pleased to hear, will seek out job opportunities local to the area you intend to emigrate to or are currently settled in, identify state, territory or national work licences you need to operate successfully and advise on how you go about getting such licences. The packages they offer fall into two categories.

EMPLOYMENT PACKAGE 1

For just $ 295 Hineni Media staff will provide:

A Professional Resume
Skills Marketing – One Month Subscription**
Identify State Requirements for your Vocation

EMPLOYMENT PACKAGE 2

A comprehensive programme, which goes above and beyond their employment services, is priced at just $395 and includes some really helpful solutions for new arrivals to Canada:

A Professional Resume
Skills Marketing – One Month Subscription**
Identify State Requirements for your Vocation
plus information in regard to:

Airport Pick Ups
Temporary Accommodation
Car Rent
Furniture Storage
Tax
Medicare
Utilities
Banks, Hospitals, Doctors, Dentists, Schools
Location of Major and Local Shopping Centres
Things to do (ideal for parents with children!)

SPONSORSHIP (DETAILS TAKEN FROM MEMBERSITE)

No Visa? Try Sponsorship! Did you know that Canadian companies, in a variety of sectors, are now expanding their search internationally in order to source suitable candidates to fill their skills shortages?

Sponsorship is an ideal way for companies to get the right person for their business but it can be quite daunting if you are the candidate looking to approach these companies.

Our experienced team are in regular contact with businesses all over Canada that have expressed an interest in sponsorship.

As part of our Sponsorship Package we will make the initial introduction on your behalf, professionally promoting your skills, experience and qualifications in order to encourage sponsorship.

Cost $495. Includes:

Professional Resume
Company Introduction & Skills Promotion – One Month Subscription**
Visa Application Information

(** Skills Marketing service can be extended if required)

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Foreign Worker Requirements – Immigration

Foreign Worker Requirements – Immigration Considerations

Anyone who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident must be authorized to work in Canada (i.e. obtain a work permit, or permanent resident status).

(a) Obtaining Human Resources & Skills Development Canada (HRDSC) Confirmation

Federal immigration regulations require that Canadians and permanent residents be given first opportunity for positions for which they are qualified and available. Prior to offering a position to a foreign worker, the search committee must be prepared to demonstrate that there are no qualified or available Canadians or permanent residents for the position. Typically this is proven through advertising and reviewing the candidate pool.

It is not sufficient to identify a non-Canadian as the ‘best’ candidate. Appointment to a position can only proceed if all Canadian and permanent resident applicants are ‘unqualified’ or ‘unavailable’. Qualifications should be evaluated against the criteria established by the search committee at the beginning of the process.

If a department wishes to recommend the appointment of a foreign worker, the department must complete the Foreign Academic Recruitment Summary form. Human Resources will submit this form and a case to HRSDC to request their approval (confirmation) of the employment offer. Once HRSDC has approved the job offer, Human Resources sends a copy of the HRSDC confirmation letter to the foreign worker. The foreign worker may then apply to Citizenship & Immigration Canada for a work permit, or in some cases, for permanent resident status.

When the foreign worker arrives at the University to commence employment, a copy of their work permit must be presented to Human Resources.

(b) Situations that do not require HRSDC Confirmation

Under some circumstances, confirmation from HRSDC is not required. However, the foreign worker still requires a work permit.

Individuals in the following categories may apply directly to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to obtain a work permit.

  1. Citizens of the USA, Mexico and Chile employed on a temporary basis as allowed by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  2. Spousal exemption
  3. Visiting Professors
  4. Canada Research Chairs
  5. Guest Lecturers

Resources to find contracting work with Canadian companies

 If you’re looking for work in Canada, make sure you have the right skills. We’ll tell you which skills are in the greatest demand and show you where on our content site you can find information about local and provincial consulting work.

It wasn’t long ago that few countries had enough skilled IT workers, but no more. Just like Canadians, many citizens of both developed and undeveloped countries now view IT as their ticket to financial success.

But which skills are most in demand, and where can you find resources to help you locate work overseas? We’ll take a look in this article.

 Who’s in demand?

Contractors face stringent requirements for obtaining legal permission to work overseas. Like Canada, most countries issue work visas only to foreigners who possess skills in short supply in that country.

Generally, either you or your potential employer (or both) must demonstrate that you provide a skill not currently available in the local population or, for the US, or European Union countries, within the EU.

Fortunately, IT skills are in demand everywhere.

What it takes

According to www.workopolis.com, the following IT development skills are in top demand right now:

Java combined with C++
Perl/CGI Script/JavaScript/VBScript
XML/ASP
Oracle Financials
Oracle Developer/Designer 2000
SQL Server
Visual Basic/Visual C++
PeopleSoft applications
All CRM packages, especially Siebel and Oracle CRM
Systems administration skills include Windows NT and UNIX, while Axe 10, DMS, and SMA/SDH/SL are the hot telecom skills. If you possess these skills, you’re more likely to find a foreign company willing to go to bat for your work permit.

Web resources for finding work in Canada

Despite the obstacles you might face in securing a contract with a Canadian company, you may be able to land a contract if you’re willing to put in some research and be patient.  Sbuscribe to  our listing we publish several companies contact info and Web sites where you can find leads on contract work in Canada and additional information: www.hinenimedia.memberlodge.org

Guest workers, migrant workers and seasonal foreign in Canada

“You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer, whether a fellow countryman or a stranger in one of the communities of your land.”  Deuteronomy 24:14

“Build your home in such a way that a stranger may feel happy in your midst.”  Theodor Herzl, August 6, 1896

Introduction

Guest workers are persons who typically travel (legally or illegally) to a country with much more preferred job prospects than the one in which they currently reside. In part because of the negative connotations associated with these terms in North America (US and Canada), it has been argued that these workers are brought in as cheap labour to fill jobs that might readily be filled domestically.

Most guest workers, migrant workers and seasonal foreign  work in Canadian farms. They are migrant farm workers.

Who are the Migrant Farm Workers in Canada?

 Migrant farm workers work in Canada during the prime agricultural season to help plant, maintain, harvest or process produce. Also known as seasonal agricultural workers, migrant farm labourers, temporary workers, or guest workers, migrant farm workers may be here for up to eight months a year working up to seven days a week. Many return year after year, in some cases for over 20 years.

 As of 2003, Canada welcomed over 18,000 migrant farm workers, with 94% hosted by Ontario. Currently workers come from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada, Antigua, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Montserrat and Mexico.

 These workers generally work and live on one farm throughout their stay. The majority of the workers are male, and all of them have wives or dependent families in their home countries who do not travel here with them but who depend on the money they send home from Canada.

All migrant workers will have to fill out a questionnaire and undergo a physical examination and fever check by two doctors before being cleared for departure to Canada. Seasonal workers from Mexico are critical to portions of Manitoba’s agriculture industry.

Many migrant workers are part of the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (CSAWP), a Canadian federal program that brings migrant workers from Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean to work in the agricultural sector every summer.

The CSAWP began as a pilot project with Jamaica in 1966, when 264 Jamaican workers came to Ontario to harvest tobacco. The first Mexican workers arrived in Canada in 1974 after Mexico and Canada signed a memorandum of understanding.

The Mexican government plays a double role in this arrangement: it makes sure the program works smoothly, and it also functions as the representative of migrant agricultural Mexican workers in Canada.

For Caribbean workers, the program is run jointly with the governments of the participating Caribbean states, which recruit workers and appoint representatives in Canada to assist in the program’s operations. Workers come from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (Grenada, Antigua, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Monserrat).

For Guatemalan workers, the project was established in 2003 through an agreement with FERME (Foundation of Recruiting Enterprises of Foreign Agricultural Labor), which also lobbies the Canadian government for Canadian farm owners, under the supervision of the Department of Human Resources Development of Canada.

According to the Canadian United Farm and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), 20,274 migrant workers came to Canada in 2005: 11,798 came from Mexico and 5,916 from Jamaica; the rest came from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). In 2004, fewer than three per cent of participants in this program were women. In 2009, the number of migrant workers in Canada is expected to be over 156,000.

The temporary workers visa allows them to work only on a specified farm and for a limited period of time. Mexicans and Jamaicans can stay for a maximum of eight months.

Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) in Canada

Notice: Effective April 27, 2009, employers who wish to retain a Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) beyond the term of their current work permit must apply for a NEW LMO at least four months before the permit expires. Service Canada no longer issues Extensions to a Labour Market Opinion (LMO).

To learn more about this change and what it means for employers and TFWs, click on the following link: Temporary Foreign Worker Program – What’s New.

Applying as a temporary foreign worker

The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program is administered by two federal government departments, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (Service Canada) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The TFW Program provides an opportunity for:

  • Foreign workers to work in Canada temporarily.
  • Canadian employers to address short-term labour shortages by temporarily hiring foreign workers.

In most cases, non-Canadian citizens or permanent residents require work permits from Citizenship and Immigration Canada before working. Temporary foreign workers from certain countries must also obtain a temporary resident visa before arriving in Canada. See Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website for information on who is eligible to receive a work permit and how to apply.

As a temporary foreign worker, your employer has a role in the application process. Before you receive a work permit, your Alberta employer may have to obtain a Labour Market Opinion (LMO – an approval to hire a foreign worker) from the federal government. Once your employer sends an LMO to you along with an offer of employment, you can apply for a work permit at the designated Canadian visa office.

Some foreign workers can be admitted to work in Canada without their employer having to obtain an LMO. Citizenship and Immigration Canada determines whether an occupation falls under this category.

Arriving: Information for temporary foreign workers in Alberta

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada website includes some information to help temporary foreign workers arriving in Canada. For example, there are some documents that you may need when you enter and work in Canada.

As a temporary foreign worker, your employer is responsible for making sure that you are covered by medical and health insurance and worker’s compensation when you arrive in Canada.

All workers, including temporary foreign workers, are covered by provincial Employment Standards. In general, occupations in Alberta are covered by Occupational Health and Safety legislation (some exceptions are farm workers, housekeepers and nannies). Visit the Canada Immigration website for further information or www.hinenimedia.memberlodge.org for services .

How to find a job in Canada

To find a job in Canada, you need to understand the work search process. There are four steps in this process:

Step 1: Identify the skills you have and the skills you may need to develop

  • Employers look for personal and transferable skills such as attitude, ability to get along well with other workers, dependability, problem-solving skills and organizational skills, as well as the technical skills required for specific types of work.
     
  • If you have professional or trade qualifications, find out if your credentials are recognized in Canada .
     
  • If you do not speak English fluently, arrange to take an English as a Second Language (ESL) class .

Step 2: Identify employers who may need someone who has skills like yours

  • Not all, but certain  job openings are advertised or listed atCanadian Employment and Immigration service sites.
     
  • As you go about your daily living, contact companies on the kind of work you want to find or if you are already in Canada  discuss your work search with counsellors at immigrant-serving agencies or people in your English as a Second Language class, as well as your relatives, friends and neighbours. If they do not know where you might find suitable work opportunities, ask them to refer you to others who might know.
     
  • Read about provincial ‘s industries and fields of employment .
     
  • Look in the Classified and Careers sections of local newspapers for job advertisements.
     

Step 3: Gather the information you will need to apply for work

  • Employers will expect you to fill in an application form or give them a prepared resumé. A resumé is a short, typed summary of your qualifications and work experience.

Step 4: Present your qualifications to employers

  • When you respond to a job advertisement, follow the instructions in the ad.
     
  • Employers usually invite only the most qualified applicants for an interview. During the interview, applicants are expected to provide more information about how their qualifications and experience relate to job requirements.

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