Pilot Project for unskilled labour
When planning to hire foreign workers in occupations that usually require at most a high school diploma or a maximum of 2 years of job-specific training, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) has developed a 2 year pilot project that will carefully balance your labour needs with your comprehensive efforts to hire Canadians, and the well-being of the foreign workers in Canada.
If you need for your operation foreign workers for positions that are classified as unskilled labour, you will have to meet several requirements of HRSDC:
- Demonstrate comprehensive and on-going efforts to recruit
Canadian youth, aboriginal people, 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 airfare for the foreign worker to and from their 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.
JOB TIME LIMIT
Please be aware that foreign workers filling NOC Skill Levels C&D occupations can work in Canada for no more than 12 months. The worker must return to their home country for four months before applying for another work permit.
When assessing a job offer, HRSDC considers primarily :
- the occupation that the foreign worker will be employed in;
- the wages and working conditions offered;
- the employer's advertisement and recruitment efforts;
- the labour market benefits related to the entry of the foreign worker;
- consultations, if any, with the appropriate union; and
- and whether the entry of the foreign worker is likely to affect the settlement of a labour dispute.
You should also be aware of other requirements related to housing, transportation of the workers, employer-employee contracts, and health and workplace safety for the work.