Temporary Foreign Worker Program hikes median hourly wages

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Many people want to go to Canada to work. If you are not a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident, you will need a Work Permit in order to work legally under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada.

The Government of Canada has increased the median hourly wages for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and other foreign workers under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

Canadian employers use median hourly wages determined by each province and territory. Median hourly wages are used to determine whether Canadian employers will submit Labour Marker Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications under the low-wage or high-wage streams.

The median wage hikes are effective on May 11, 2020. The changes are as follows:

ALBERTACAD$27.28 (from CAD$26.67)

BRITISH COLUMBIACAD$25.00 (from CAD$23.98)

MANITOBACAD$21.60 (from CAD$21.00)

NEW BRUNSWICKCAD$20.12 (from CAD$20.00)

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADORCAD$23.00 (from CAD$22.00)

NORTHWEST TERRITORIESCAD$34.36 (from CAD$34.00)

NOVA SCOTIACAD$20.00 (from CAD$20.00)

NUNAVUTCAD$32.00 (from CAD$30.00)

ONTARIOCAD$24.04 (from CAD$23.08)

PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDCAD$20.00 (from CAD$19.49)

QUEBECCAD$23.08 (from CAD$22.00)

SASKATCHEWANCAD$24.55 (from CAD$24.52)

YUKONCAD$30.00 (from CAD$30.00)

The following changes in processing will be applied to all LMIA applications currently being processed, as well as all future applications, by the Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC):

  • Canadian employers will no longer be required to submit minor administrative changes to their LMIA applications.
  • LMIA recruitment requirements in both agriculture sector and agri-food sector will be waived until October 31,2020.
  • LMIA applications for jobs in the agriculture sector and the agri-food decor will be given priority by ESDC.
  • ESDC will allow Canadian employers to submit LMIAs that hire low-wage foreign workers for up to two years (up from a maximum period of one year).
  • Canadian employers do not need to submit a new Housing Inspection Report, if they have a previously valid one available.
  • Canadian employers who are changing the name of the foreign worker on a previously submitted LMIA application will be prioritized by ESDC.

The Government of Canada will help shoulder the cost incurred by Canadian employers who will need to spend in order to meet the mandatory requirement that foreign workers self-isolate for two weeks upon arrival to Canada.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers will allow foreign workers to enter if they are able to demonstrate that their jobs in Canada is essential and will support critical infrastructure, and that their jobs will require them to be physically in the country.

Upon arrival, foreign workers must present a clear quarantine plan for the mandatory self-isolation lasting 14 days.




MOST OFWS NEED A WORK PERMIT IN CANADA

In most cases, you need to apply for a Work Permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) before coming to Canada.

There are a number of requirements that must be met before you are issued a Work Permit, including:

A valid job offer from a Canadian employer who has been issued a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) by Employment and Social Development Canada (EDSC).

There are different Work Permits for specific types of foreign workers in Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Click here for more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada.html

Depending on your specific circumstances, you might be able to apply for a Work Permit if you are already in Canada. Take note that this is NOT the case for most Filipino nationals. Click here for more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/permit/temporary/eligibility.html




HAVING A WORK PERMIT DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY GRANT YOU PR

A valid Work Permit does not automatically let you apply for permanent residency in Canada.

If you would like to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must submit a separate application to do so.

In order to apply for permanent residency, you must meet the Government of Canada’s minimum requirements for doing so.




WHAT PROGRAMS CAN FOREIGN WORKERS APPLY FOR PR?

In certain cases, Foreign workers with valid Work Permits can apply under the following programs:

Canadian Experience Class

Provincial Nominee Programs

Caregiver Program

Foreign workers must meet the minimum eligibility requirements to apply for any immigration program. Are you planning to go to Canada as a Temporary Foreign Worker?




OFFICIAL RESOURCES

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – The Government of Canada’s department for managing immigration programs, click here: www.cic.gc.ca

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