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As of 2022 January, with the emergence of new Covid-19 variants, many countries, including Canada, have revised their immigration policies and travel guidelines. At the beginning of the year, the Canadian government revised many of its policies which have to be strictly adhered to if one wishes to travel to the country. In this blog, we talk about these Canadian immigration guidelines that you, as a temporary foreign worker, should keep in mind before booking your tickets.
Also, please note that these guidelines and regulations are only the recent updates as of March 2022, and may change at a later date. So, keep this in mind going forward and be sure to keep yourself apprised of the latest developments in guidelines and rules issued by the Canadian government before you emigrate.
Before we get into the who and what of it all, let’s do a quick recap of what the Canadian government has recently laid out. According to a news report by the CIC Times, Canada plans to welcome around 432,000 immigrants in 2022. This is taking place under the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024.
The plan, as reported by the CIC Times, cited Immigration Minister Sean Fraser as saying that the plan focuses on recruiting qualified people who will contribute to the Canadian economy. He was quoted as stating that it was to address the labour deficit. The news outlet also cited that around 56% of new immigrants this year would enter through economic class channels. This includes Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), as well as the Temporary to Permanent Residence (TR2PR) stream.
To enter Canada, you need to be fully vaccinated for one. If not, there is the whole matter of having to undergo quarantine. If you are an exempt traveller, then you might not need to be fully vaccinated, but still, need to adhere to certain guidelines. Keep in mind that regardless of if you are an essential traveller or non-essential traveller you still need to be vaccinated.
Here are the categories of travellers who were previously allowed to cross into Canada even if they are not vaccinated:
Now, as of January 2022, some of these categories were revised. Certain groups of travellers who were previously allowed to travel without vaccination, now have to get both doses before entering the country. According to the latest Canadian immigration guidelines, family reunification travellers, International students, athletes, essential service providers and temporary foreign workers are required to be vaccinated.
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.“ – Aristotle, Greek Philosopher
As a temporary foreign worker, you can immigrate to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. This allows you a variety of options given that your employer adheres to the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) guidelines and the recent changes that the program underwent due to Covid-19.
However, before we get into the recent changes, you should know your options. As a temp worker coming into Canada, you also have many paths you can opt for. This includes the likes of the Express Entry system or the Global Talent Stream. The former is for the hiring of skilled foreign workers to support their permanent residency through the economic immigration program. The latter is to hire select talent or in-demand workers in specific ICT (Information and Communication Technology) or STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs.
Canadian immigration guidelines also state that you could gain entry if you are looking for a temp job in the fields of academics, agriculture (as we mentioned above), and caregiving. Now, if you are coming for work in the province of Quebec, well that’s a whole different story as the province has a set of unique guidelines in and of itself.
Now, let’s get down to some of the newer guidelines and the changes done to the TFWP. With the country combating the covid-19 levels, one of the most important things you need to adhere to is the public health measures that are in place. You should follow all the guidelines regardless of your vaccination status. Secondly, before you make your travel arrangements, you need to verify that the position you applied for is still available with your employer or the Ministry of Labour (if you are with the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program [SAWP]).
You also need to keep a close eye on the email that you receive from the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) for whatever else they advise. Next, with the enhanced border measures that were put in place, you will be subjected to testing and quarantine (if need be) upon arrival. For this part of the process, you need to use the ‘ArriveCAN’ app to provide mandatory travel and quarantine information after your entry. Be sure to review Canada’s pre-entry testing requirements though.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.“ – Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa
There are a few things you need to know after you arrive in the country. One of the first things is your rights as a temporary foreign worker. This includes a wide variety of subject areas including management of workplace abuse to help and support organizations. Be sure to read up on that.
Along the same lines, you should keep in mind that your employer legally cannot end your contract if you are sick with Covid-19. You might also be eligible for Covid-19 benefits and services if you miss work as a result. There is also a possibility of paid or unpaid sick leave depending on the terms of your employment contract, as well as the federal, provincial or territorial employment standards.
Whether you are a highly qualified professional or a student in Canada, there are those times when one needs to turn to ‘Plan B’ as it were. If you have been unemployed for a while and need a job, or you need some extra cash, survival jobs are a great option to consider. These jobs provide you with enough money to get by while you get your ducks in a row. There is no shame in taking a temporary survival job, especially when the job market is tight and funds are needed to sustain yourself.
However, it may be easier said than done. Landing a temp job can be tricky given the level of competition that you might face, especially when the market is down. In this blog, we offer you seven tips on what you should and should not do when trying to find and secure jobs in this line of work.
Before you get too far down the rabbit hole with your job search, consider which line of work will best suit you. If you are an extroverted person who enjoys conversation and music, then you might want to consider becoming a bartender. If you prefer a quieter setting, then maybe a tutor. Either way, just make sure it is something you can enjoy doing. Another benefit it serves is, if you choose a career you like, you drive up your chances of landing the job, given you show genuine enthusiasm.
Before you take up a temporary survival job like tutoring, bartending or general labour, you might want to consider sticking to your field. Even if you have to take a job at a lower position, you retain the element of consistency. This is crucial when you are working towards the dream job you studied and worked for. However, if you do aim for a survival job outside your field, try and go for something that will give you time to search for your dream job.
A long, verbose resume with big-wig job titles and experiences shouts ‘over-qualified’. That is something you want to avoid when hunting for a temporary survival job. Yes, you should be honest in your resume. However, it is okay to de-emphasize things that make you more relatable. Your resume should match the level of work you are aiming for. Consider highlighting your strengths and skills in relating to people, work ethic and other things that will allow you to perform the job better.
A positive attitude has a massive impact on the outcome of the interview. let’s say for example, that you were laid off from a high-level job in the manufacturing industry and you have to take up a job as a barista. The interviewer will feel your disdain for serving customers drinks if you come at it as a step-down. Think of it as an opportunity to stay afloat, a life raft of sorts. A grateful and positive attitude will go a long way.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr., American Minister
It’s good to be confident in your ability when attending an interview, but humility is also important. Remember, you are trying to land a survival job, for which you may not have any prior experience. Just because you were an expert in the IT department in your old job, doesn’t mean you have the skills to be a top-notch bartender yet. So, be open to learning new things, and communicate that to your interviewer. Let them know that you are very teachable and dependable.
When attending the interview for a temporary survival job, you need to keep three things in mind. The interviewer will be looking for very specific skills, yes, but they also want to know if you have the soft skills it takes to do the job. Specifically, are you a team player, will you cause any problems and are you open to learning on the job. If you can eliminate these concerns coming out the gate, you drive up the chances of landing that job. You can also quench any doubts regarding your over-qualifications by saying things like, “I have always been commended on my people skills.” or ” I know how to calm a situation down.” These statements demonstrate critical social skills that one might need.
Look, you wouldn’t be taking this job if it weren’t for the fact that you are falling on hard times. But, that is no reason to bring that up during the interview unless they ask. Even then just the bare minimum details will do most of the time. Desperation, however real, is not professional, and you should be approaching this job like any other interview. Keep things professional, polite and away from your personal life.
So, you’re thinking of working in Canada as a temporary foreign worker? Well, that’s all well and good but there are a few things you need to know first. As one might summarize, there are a few I’s to dot and T’s to cross before making your way into the country for work. Enter the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This is an assessment issued by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) that allows you to hire foreign nationals. The LMIA work permit is essentially an assessment of the impact that hiring a foreign national has in Canada.
If you get a positive LMIA, it would indicate that there is no Canadian citizen or permanent resident available to fill the position. Hence, it would enable an employer to hire a foreign national. If the LMIA comes out negative, then the position has to be filled by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Employees, especially foreign nationals, cannot apply for the LMIA work permit. Rather, it is the employer who has to apply for it on behalf of the people they hire. It should be noted that under certain circumstances a Canadian employer can hire a foreign national without a LMIA work visa. However, all the streams of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) mandate that the employer obtains an LMIA to hire from outside of the country.
This rule extends beyond just temporary workers. Many of Canada’s immigration routes to permanent residency mandate that there be a positive LMIA. This is just the surface of what you need to know before acquiring a LMIA based work permit.
An employer can apply for an LMIA work visa as early as 6 months before the intended start date for their employee. One thing that you should note is that the application process itself may vary. It depends on the wages of the person taking the position and the province they are going to work in. For this reason, the employer should check the median hourly wage for their respective province or territory. If the position is low-wage, then the employer will need to take a few extra steps in terms of the application process.
For instance, they have to address and comply with the cap on temporary foreign workers if they have done such hiring in the past. They also have to provide transportation to and from Canada. Housing for the duration of the work term is another must. Having said that, there are certain specialized streams for employers looking to get the LMIA for specific areas of employment. This includes in-home caregivers, agriculture workers, foreign academics and hiring within the province of Quebec.
The LMIA work permit application is submitted in the form of a hard copy, via mail, to the relevant Service Canada Processing Center. With the application, you need to attach evidence of certain criteria being met. Here is that checklist:
1) Processing Fees – Every application for the LMIA, regardless of the outcome, must include CAD 1,000, non-refundable. Only certain applicants that come under the umbrella of the in-home caregiver category may be exempt from the fees.
2) Business Proof Documents – The employer needs to attach copies of documents attesting to the fact that they are a legitimate Canadian business owner.
3) Transition Plan and Recruitment Efforts: The employer must prove that they made a reasonable effort to hire Canadian citizens or permanent residents to fill the role first. This should be the case before they turned to the temporary foreign workers’ option. They also need to submit a plan of action that shows how they intend to address the need to hire foreign nationals. The plan also needs to show how they plan to move from the temp workers to permanent resident hires.
“Your life doesn’t get better by chance. It gets better by Change.“ – Jim Rohn, American Entrepreneur
4) Wages – Employers need to submit proof of the wages they plan to pay their employees. This will differentiate high-wage positions from low-wages. It will also ensure that the workers are being paid on par with their Canadian resident counterparts who might take up the same role.
5) Workplace Safety – Foreign workers are entitled to the same workplace safety standards as Canadians. Hence, employers need to show proof that the foreign workers are covered by insurance that stands to a minimum to the health coverage offered by the province or territory where the business is.
After the LMIA work permit application is processed, employers are given the results. Either you have a positive assessment or a negative. If it is positive, then they can go ahead and hire the foreign national. However, there is a caveat, it is only valid for 6 months from the date of being issued. With the clock ticking, employers must be quick to notify their employees so that they can apply for their work permit or permanent residency.
There is an option that allows the employer to qualify for a more expedited process but for that, the business has to be located outside the province of Quebec. It also has to meet one of three requirements. For one the employer needs to be giving wages that are in the top 10% of wages earned by Canadians in the province or territory.
If not that, they need to be paid at least the median of the provincial or territorial wage for the position. They can also give proof that the position is for 120 days or less. Lastly, they can use the LMIA to apply for express entry for the candidate.