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Canada to enforce the new Foreign Employment rules

Posted on May 17, 2016
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Working conditions across the world can be quite taxing at times. In the current scenario, Canada seems to have issued modifications on the employment of high-wage and low-wage positions. According to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), the employers using it have been urged to consider changes in the requirements about the job offers in the low-paying and high-paying salary brackets.

The TFWP – jointly administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada – allows foreign nationals to be hired by Canadian employers for short-term labour requirements. However, it is to be noted that all Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given first preference for open job positions in the country.

In the revised act of the TFWP, it has been declared that an employee’s intricate details are of paramount importance, especially if it is a foreigner.

High-paying Salary bracket:

When employers are recruiting people on the higher side of the wage margin, the rules demand that the recruiters submit transition plans along with their Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application to make sure that they are not heavily dependent on foreigners for their internal labour needs. These transition plans are made to address the immediate and emergency requirements of employment in the company as part of the last resort of the establishment to fulfil their needs with foreigners when local employees are unavailable.

The high-paying salaries happen to fall in the higher margin of the median hourly wages.

Low-paying Salary bracket:

This is relatively good news for people employed in the low-wages section. The stream for low-wage positions allows employers to hire foreign workers for full-time positions where the wage being offered is below the provincial/territorial median hourly wage where the job is located.

Food counter attendants, cashiers, helpers, light duty cleaners, construction trades helpers and labourers, janitors, caretakers and building superintendents, grocery clerks and store shelf stockers, security guards and related occupations are some of the professions which lie in the lower income group and have relatively lesser scrutiny for employment in the Canadian job market.

As per the statement of Attorney David Cohen, there are many considerations when recruiting people from foreign countries. Of course, since the summer of 2014, the hiring process has become all the more strenuous. On many occasions, median hourly wages and local unemployment happen to be the top most priorities while taking in people; however, these are not only the necessary parameters. There are many other things that need to be paid heed to while employing people. These include transition plans, advertising requirements, compliance reviews, and many other factors, depending on the current state of the market.

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