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Darjeeling International Pathways: Recruitment page for Employers

Want to hire foreign workers in Canada? DIP can help

Are you an employer based in Canada who is facing difficulties in finding skilled and talented local employees? Do you require support in hiring foreign workers for your company?

Darjeeling International Pathways (DIP) is a reputable recruitment agency that has a dedicated department specifically catering to Canadian employers who are interested in recruiting foreign individuals.

DIP is here to provide guidance and assistance throughout the hiring process for Canadian employers who wish to bring in foreign workers. Our expertise lies in handling applications for labor impact assessments (LMIA), PR/Dual-Intent LMIA's, and offering pathways for foreign workers to obtain permanent residency. The information below is aimed at Canadian employers who are looking to address skill and labor shortages in their businesses by hiring foreign workers.

Hiring Foreign Workers in Canada-(For employers)

For Canadian employers facing shortages of skilled workers in certain industries or regions, hiring foreign talent becomes a necessary solution. When the local labor pool lacks the required training, experience, or geographical proximity to meet the demands of these employers, they must turn to the option of recruiting foreign workers. In such cases, the entrance of foreign workers into the Canadian labor market is regulated by the limited International Mobility Program.

However, the International Mobility Program is not applicable to most employers and foreign workers, as it has specific limitations. Instead, they need to utilize the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) if they intend to hire foreign talent for long-term positions. The TFWP is overseen and administered by Service Canada, also known as ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada).

At DIP's employment division, we specialize in assisting Canadian employers from various industries in navigating the complexities of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Our goal is to help you recruit and hire skilled foreign workers to address labor shortages within your organization. By taking care of the talent search and paperwork, we allow you to focus on your core business. With our extensive international networks, we can connect you with eligible foreign workers who are actively seeking the right employer, occupation, and opportunity.

What is the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and do I need an LMIA?

Service Canada has developed a program in collaboration with the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to address the needs of Canadian employers under Canada's immigration policy. The main goal of this program is to provide employers with access to foreign workers and talent when they are unable to find suitable domestic candidates among Canadians or permanent residents.

A key component of this program is the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). An LMIA involves a thorough evaluation conducted by Service Canada to assess an employer's application to hire a foreign worker. Its purpose is to ensure that the employer has made a genuine job offer and that employing a foreign worker will not have any adverse effects on the Canadian labor market.

Once Service Canada issues a positive LMIA for the employer, the foreign worker can proceed to apply for a work permit, allowing them to legally work in Canada.

Why is an LMIA Required?

In order to ensure the legitimacy of a job offer and safeguard the Canadian labor market, Canada mandates the requirement of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This assessment is designed to protect Canadian jobs and prioritize opportunities for Canadians and permanent residents to fill vacant positions before considering foreign workers.

Essentially, the LMIA system acts as a safeguard against job fraud for immigration purposes and aims to dispel the notion of foreign workers "stealing jobs" from Canadians and permanent residents. Its purpose is to maintain a fair and transparent process that protects both the interests of Canadian workers and the integrity of the immigration system.

The Process

We take care of every step in the hiring process, minimizing the time and effort required from the employer. Our team handles candidate screening to ensure their eligibility, and we arrange interviews between you and the potential candidates. In total, we only need less than 1 hour of your time to complete some minor paperwork. The remaining responsibilities and tasks are managed by DIP, allowing you to focus on other priorities while we handle the recruitment process efficiently.

The timeline is as follows:

We will have a video conversation to completely understand your recruitment needs.

We will post advertisements on 4 different websites (28 days).

Simultaneously, we will start recruitment process.

Will organize a video interviews for the Employer and perform reference checks.

We also assist creating Employment Contracts and submit LMIA (2-10 weeks processing time).

We will be preparing interviews with "Service Canada".

Upon approval, we will start processing applicant’s Work Permit (1 - 2 months of processing time).

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Advantages for employers hiring foreign workers

International Skills: When foreign workers come to Canada, they bring with them a wealth of international skills that they can contribute to the Canadian labor market. These workers may include experienced chefs from India, skilled roofers from Eastern Europe, or highly proficient accountants from various countries. Only the most qualified foreign workers are selected to work in Canada, ensuring that the country benefits from their expertise and capabilities.

Commitment to Employer (Low Turnover): Foreign workers who obtain their work permits through a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) have specific conditions tied to their location, employer, and occupation. Unlike Canadian citizens or permanent residents, who have the freedom to choose their occupation, employer, and location, temporary foreign workers are committed to staying with their designated employer for an extended period. This commitment helps foster stability and continuity in the workforce, ultimately providing a smoother pathway for these workers to pursue permanent residency in Canada.

Advantages for Canadians

Skills Transfer: Foreign workers with international experience transfer their skills to Canadian workers.

Job Creation: When employers can find the right talent, and skilled workers, their business can thrive and they can hire more. As the expression goes, “a rising tide lifts all boats.”

Revitalization of Rural: Foreign workers often are required in communities that face labour shortages such as remote communities. This fights the “brain-drain” experienced in these geographic areas.

Advantages for Foreign Workers

Work in Canada: The opportunity to work in Canada is a privilege and foreign workers are grateful to have the opportunity to work in one of the higher paying labour markets worldwide.

Opportunity to Immigrate: By working in Canada, and obtaining Canadian work experience, foreign workers are able to secure a pathway to permanent residence and ultimately citizenship after several years.

The reason why employers turn to hiring foreign nationals or temporary foreign workers to fill job vacancies is primarily due to the presence of labor and skills shortages in the Canadian labor market. Just like Canada imports coffee because it cannot be grown locally but there is a demand for it, certain industries or remote booming communities face challenges in recruiting the necessary labor. This can be particularly true in areas where the unemployment rate is exceptionally low, for example, less than 6%, making it difficult to find kitchen staff or laborers.

If you are responsible for hiring staff and employees for your business and are encountering difficulties in finding skilled or committed workers to address your labor shortage, we specialize in the process of hiring foreign workers to help alleviate your labor shortage problem. Our expertise in this area allows us to navigate the complexities and find suitable solutions to fulfill your labor needs.

There are two ways to bring foreign workers to Canada on a temporary basis:

Step 1: Determine which program to pursue as an employer

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP) differ in one significant aspect. Under the TFWP, employers must acquire a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), also known as Service Canada, to hire a foreign worker. The LMIA serves as an official document that confirms the necessity of hiring a foreign worker and verifies that there are no available Canadians to fill the job position. On the other hand, the International Mobility Program allows for certain categories of foreign workers to be hired without obtaining an LMIA, thanks to specific LMIA exemption codes. These exemptions are granted to jobs that contribute to Canada's cultural or social benefits and have reciprocal advantages for Canadians. For instance, an LMIA-exempt job under the IMP could be "an expert working for the United Nations at the Canada office." However, it's important to note that most jobs do not fall under the International Mobility Program and instead require an LMIA through the TFWP. Therefore, the following steps described focus on the pathway within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. To determine whether a foreign worker or job vacancy requires an LMIA, you can contact DIP (Canada Immigration & Visa Services). For a comprehensive list of LMIA exemption codes applicable to the International Mobility Program, please visit the relevant link on the Government of Canada website.

Step 2: Find a suitable foreign worker

If you have been facing challenges in hiring Canadian workers and are dealing with issues like high turnover or labor shortages, it may be necessary to explore the option of hiring a suitable foreign worker. Canada, despite having less than 0.5% of the global population, offers an exceptional standard of living and is widely recognized as one of the best places to work, live, and enjoy life. Consequently, there is a significant pool of individuals who aspire to come to Canada. This situation presents an advantage as there is a large number of skilled and talented workers readily available who are eager to fill Canadian labor shortages. They are willing to do so with gratitude, particularly if it provides them with a pathway to permanent immigration. However, it also means that there are many ineligible workers and subpar applicants that need to be filtered through.

At DIP, we are a registered employment agency with a vast network of pre-screened, eligible, and diverse foreign workers and applicants. These individuals possess a range of skills, a strong work ethic, and the determination to come to Canada and fill the specific positions you are seeking to hire for.

Step 3: Apply for an LMIA for that Worker and Position

The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application is directly linked to the specific foreign worker you intend to hire for the job vacancy. However, applying for an LMIA can be a complex process, especially if you are unfamiliar with its requirements. Service Canada has stringent regulations for LMIA applications, including the necessity of advertising the job to the Canadian market for a minimum of 30 days on specified job listing websites, as well as targeting disadvantaged Canadians in the recruitment process. The job posting must also meet specific requirements and adhere to a prescribed format, among other considerations. Even a minor mistake in the application process can result in a minimum delay of 2 months in hiring your desired foreign worker.

At DIP, we have extensive experience in processing and obtaining approval for numerous LMIA applications. We can handle the entire process from start to finish, ensuring that your foreign worker has the best chance of obtaining LMIA approval in the shortest possible time frame. This enables us to effectively address your existing or anticipated labor shortage with the timely recruitment of foreign workers.

Step 4: Apply for Work Permit

After Service Canada has issued your company a positive LMIA, indicating that the foreign worker is not displacing jobs for Canadians and considering that importing labor is the only viable option to address your labor shortage, the next step is to obtain a work permit for the worker. Unlike the LMIA, which is issued by Service Canada (ESDC), work permits are issued by Immigration Canada. These permits grant foreign workers the authorization to work in Canada and are generally approved if the worker is supported by a positive LMIA, passes security checks, and the application is completed accurately.

Work permits can be obtained at specific ports of entry into Canada or through online application processes. Opting for a work permit at a port of entry offers immediate issuance, whereas the online process may take around 4 months or more. However, it's important to note that depending on the worker's country of origin, applying at a port of entry may require obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) beforehand. Any missteps in this stage could lead to the applicant being barred from entering Canada or result in additional travel expenses and delays before they can commence working for your company.

Once the worker has successfully obtained the work permit, they are eligible to work for your company in Canada, and the entire process is complete!

Why Darjeeling International Pathways?

At DIP we understand all the nuances from start to finish for the process of hiring a foreign worker and offer the greatest chance at achieving an approved work permit in the shortest time possible. We take care of this entire process for the employer from:

By retaining DIP you will not be convoluted and confused with the immigration and regulation process for the foreign worker. It will be no different for you than hiring a Canadian worker. However, there are a few bottlenecks in the process for hiring a foreign worker which elongate the timeline that are all strictly dependent on the government and beyond the control of DIP. These include: the 30-day LMIA advertising requirement, the LMIA processing time, and the work permit processing time. Therefore, it is important to plan anywhere from 3 to 8 months ahead of when there will be a future labour shortage, expansion of your company, or additional business location so that you have the workforce available, eligible to work, and ready when needed.

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