Looking for a job in Canada for foreign workers? The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers to fill positions on a temporary basis. More than 300,000 foreign workers from all over the world come to Canada every year under this program.
These positions must be in industries that are identified as experiencing a labour shortage (where no Canadian citizens or permanent residents are available).
The process of hiring foreign workers involve several steps, and may take a while to complete, depending on how prepared both the Canadian employer and the foreign worker are in the application process.
New Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) rules require all Canadian employers to acquire the services of a Canadian recruitment agency as well as a Philippine recruitment agency in order to hire foreign workers from the Philippines.
If you’re looking for a job in canada with employer sponsorship, you might need to look elsewhere. The relationship between a Canadian employer and a foreign worker is just that; an employer – employee relationship.
Canadian employers do not sponsor foreign workers, they are hired to work in positions on a temporary basis. It will be up to the foreign worker to apply for Permanent Residence if they meet the minimum requirements of the immigration program they wish to apply under.
The now-defunct Live-In Caregiver Program was one such immigration program. It allowed foreign workers (and their qualified dependents) to apply for Permanent Residency after meeting the minimum requirements of the program.
If you intend to stay in Canada, it’s best to come under an immigration program that specifically allows you to apply for.
Remember, hiring foreign workers is initiated by the Canadian employer, not the recruitment agency. It may take a few months or longer to process the necessary documentation.
If you are looking for available positions, only transact with representatives of POEA-licensed recruitment agencies. Check for the validity of their POEA license as well as the validity of the job order in question.
Canada is a no placement fee country. Both Canadian and Philippine governments do not allow the collection of recruitment fees from foreign workers (this includes two-way airfare) going to Canada.
Any payments made to recruitment agencies are done so illegally, and will be very difficult to recoup if you do not have documentation.
Steps in hiring a foreign worker from the Philippines
1) The process usually begins with a prospective Canadian employer applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Not all Canadian employers are required to apply for an LMIA.
The Canadian employer must be represented by a Canadian recruitment agency in Canada who will submit documents to the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) and also have a Philippine recruitment agency in the Philippines who will submit documents to the POEA.
Anyone with a computer and printer can act as recruitment agencies in Canada. Licensing for third party representatives is not required, unlike the Philippines. However, written consent must be given by the Canadian employer to a third party representative to transact with Government of Canada agencies on their behalf.
The Canadian employer’s Philippine recruitment agency must be licensed by the POEA and will be responsible for creating a pool of suitable applicants using a POEA-approved job order.
2) After receiving a positive LMIA, the Canadian employer proceeds to make a job offer to the foreign worker through their Philippine recruitment agency.
This job offer would include a standard employment contract that would outline the foreign worker’s roles, responsibilities and compensation. The employment contract must meet the minimum employment standards of the province of employment.
While an agreement is made between the Canadian employer and the foreign worker, the employment contract only comes into effect once the foreign worker arrives in Canada.
A copy of the positive LMIA will be needed when the foreign worker applies for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) at the Canadian Embassy or Consulate.
3) Foreign worker applies for a TRV at the Canadian Embassy or Consulate which has jurisdiction over their country of residence.
Even with a valid job offer and LMIA, the foreign worker must still meet the minimum requirements for admissibility to Canada.
The visa officer at the Canada Visa Application Centre makes the final decision whether or not to grant a foreign worker a TRV.
4) After the TRV is issued, the Canadian employer must submit requirements to POLO which has jurisdiction over the province of employment.
The submission of requirements to POLO is a prerequisite for applying for an exit clearance from the Philippines.
All foreign workers leaving the Philippines for employment overseas must submit to an exit clearance process which includes mandatory attendance to the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS).
Foreign workers will not be issued an exit clearance if their Canadian employers have not submitted requirements to POLO.
5) After being granted the exit clearance by POEA, the Canadian employer arranges for air travel for the foreign worker. Foreign worker travels to Canada and is issued a work permit upon arrival. The employment contract becomes a legal and binding document, allowing the foreign worker to begin work in Canada.
Are you an OFW in Canada and you need help? Don’t be afraid to ask. These are the contact numbers and addresses of the POLOs in Canada:
Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) Toronto
160 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M4P 3B5
Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) Vancouver
World Trade Centre Office Complex
999 Canada Place, Suite 611
Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
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