While Canada has implemented temporary restrictions banning non-essential travel, foreign nationals with work and student permits are allowed to enter the country. If you are traveling to Canada, you are required by law to isolate yourself for a period of 14 days, during which time you are to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you do present symptoms of the disease, you are then required to seek medical attention and follow the instructions given to you by public health officials.
To ensure that temporary foreign workers (TFWs) are able to respect the mandatory 14 day isolation period, and any further quarantine orders required by provincial, federal, or territorial governments, Canada has enacted new regulations to ensure that employers of TFWs support these public health requirements.
“It’s critically important that both employers and temporary foreign workers know their rights and obligations. These new requirements will help keep workers and the public safe during the pandemic, while also protecting the productivity of Canadian businesses who rely on temporary foreign workers.”
In order to ensure compliance with the new regulations, the Government of Canada will be increasing inspections of facilities where an outbreak is reported and there will be potential financial or administrative consequences for employers who do not abide by the new requirements.
To help offset the costs for the Canadian food production/processing industries, government grants of up to $1,500 per employee will be provided to employers to help ensure their operations comply with these new regulations.
If you need to report an abuse of the temporary foreign worker program, including any of the above-mentioned changes, you can do so by following the instructions on this page.
If you’re interested in living and working in Canada, the best way to get started is by filling out our free online assessment. From there, a member of our team will contact you to discuss your options.
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