Every year, Canadian employers hire thousands of foreign workers to help address skill and labour shortages.
Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) work to ensure that the employment of foreign workers supports economic growth and helps create more opportunities for all Canadians.
Where there is a demonstrable shortage of Canadians citizens and permanent residents available, the Department of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)/Service Canada (SC) allows for the temporary entry of foreign workers into lower-skilled occupations under the Pilot Project for Occupations Requiring Lower Levels of Formal Training (NOC C and D).
In Canada, lower levels of formal training are defined as occupations that usually require at most a high school diploma or a maximum of 2 years of job-specific training according to the National Occupation Classification (NOC) system and are coded at the NOC C or D skill level. See NOC job descriptions.
GUIDELINES FOR HIRING FOREIGN WORKERS:
Before you apply to hire foreign workers under the Pilot Project for Occupations Requiring Lower Levels of Formal Training (NOC C and D), HRSDC and CIC will expect you to:
- Demonstrate comprehensive and on-going efforts to recruit Canadian youth, Aboriginal peoples, recent immigrants and Canadians in areas of high unemployment;
- Show efforts to hire unemployed Canadians through HRSDC and provincial employment programs;
- Consult with the local union if the position is covered under a collective agreement;
- Sign an employer-employee contract outlining wages*, duties, and conditions related to the transportation, accommodation, health and occupational safety of the foreign worker;
- Cover all recruitment costs related to the hiring of the foreign worker;
- Help the worker(s) find suitable, affordable accommodation;
- Pay full transportation costs for the foreign worker to and from his/her home country;
- Provide medical coverage until the worker is eligible for provincial health insurance coverage;
- Register your worker under the appropriate provincial workers compensation/workplace safety insurance plans; and
- * If the offer of employment is for longer than 12 months, the employer/employee contract must indicate that you agree to review and adjust (if necessary) the foreign worker’s wage after 12 months of employment. This will ensure that the wages you pay the foreign worker continue to meet the prevailing wage rate of the occupation and region where he is employed.