Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Government of Yukon are accepting applications from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) for the Yukon Community Pilot (YCP) program.
NEW PILOT PROGRAM TO ALLOW OFWS TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE CANADIAN EMPLOYER
The new pilot program is a special stream under the Yukon Nominee Program (YNP).
The YCP was launched in January 2020, and will be open to applications until January 2023.
Despite its small population, Yukon has a rapidly growing Filipino community.
Under the new pilot program, OFWs will be issued an Open Work Permit by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers upon arrival in Canada.
The Open Work Permit will allow OFWs to work for more than one Canadian employer at the same time.
To qualify for the new pilot program, OFWs must have a valid Nomination for Permanent Residence from the Government of Yukon.
OFWs under the YCP can have job offers from three different Canadian employers.
Canadian employers from the following communities can hire OFWs under the new pilot program.
HOW TO APPLY FOR YUKON COMMUNITY PILOT PROGRAM?
All job offers made to OFWs by Canadian employers must be located in the same community.
IRCC indicated that “each job offer must reflect work in a single National Occupational Classification (NOC). For example, a person working part-time as a receptionist at a hotel and part-time as a waiter at the hotel bar should have two job offers, even if the employer is the same for both.”
The pilot program allows OFWs to work for more than one Canadian employer, giving them the chance to make more money and complete the equivalent hours of a full-time job (1,560 hours in one year).
In the event that an OFW is terminated by their Canadian employer, the Government of Yukon will provide assistance in helping them find another job.
Open Work Permits issued under the YCP are limited to the specified community in Yukon. OFWs will not be allowed to leave that community and work at different jobs outside of that community.
OFWs working in jobs that are classified as NOC Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or Skill Level B will be allowed to bring their spouse or common-law partner, who will also be issued an Open Work Permit.
Open Work Permits issued to OFW’s spouses or common-law parters are also valid for two years.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE YUKON COMMUNITY PILOT
To learn more about the Government of Yukon, click here.
To learn more about the Yukon Nominee Program (YNP), click here.
To learn more about the Yukon Community Pilot program, click here.
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