Many companies will welcome temporary foreign workers (TFWs) for the summer but the current situation requires additional measures.
The pandemic has added a new layer of complexity to many rules and regulations—including those surrounding air transportation and immigration—and resulted in a number of changes. That’s why you need to invest time and energy into preparing for the arrival of your temporary foreign workers.
Here’s how to ensure your foreign workers land smoothly in Canada:
1. Do your foreign workers have all the travel documents they need?
The Government of Canada has established certain restrictions on who can enter the country right now. Foreign workers will only be admitted if they are coming to perform essential work.
To ensure that your workers are let into the country, make sure they arrive at the airport with a valid work permit or the Letter of Introduction issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) indicating that their request has been approved. They will also be asked for this document prior to boarding.
It’s also a good idea to provide your inbound workers with proof of employment that they can present upon arrival in Canada.
2. Do your workers have a mask, which is essential for travelling to Canada?
Since April 20, 2020, passengers on flights to and from Canada have been required to wear a mask. Since travellers without a mask won’t be allowed to board their flight, it’s important to inform your workers of this requirement before they leave home.
Non-medical and homemade masks are permitted, as long as they meet government requirements. Consult this document for more information.
3. Have you implemented an isolation plan?
All travellers arriving from abroad must complete 14 days of self-isolation. Employers are responsible for creating self-isolation plans for their TFWs.
The plan should state how the foreign workers will be transported from the airport to their isolation location and how they will obtain essential items such as food, medication and personal hygiene products during the isolation period.
Employers should provide a copy of the detailed self-isolation plan to workers prior to departure, since they will be asked to show it at the port of entry. This is doubly important for workers who don’t speak English or French, as they won’t be able to explain the plan to border agents.
By following the advice listed above, you’ll make sure your workers get here on time, without issues at the border.
06 May 2020 | Written by :