A measure allows TFW who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 to obtain an authorization to work for a new employer quickly.
It might seem contradictory, but even if the pandemic that has been hitting Quebec for several weeks has caused a meteoric rise in the unemployment rate, some companies are still facing a labour shortage situation. What do you do when local workers are not answering the call and closed borders are preventing access to workers from abroad?
The key to the solution lies in a new government announcement to help temporary foreign workers (TFW). Since May 12, 2020, a new measure allows TFW who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 to obtain authorization to work for a new employer in 10 days or less. A process that, until recently, used to take several months, can now be completed in less than two weeks.
How can this situation help employers lacking skilled workers?
Like many of us, the pandemic forced numerous TFW into unemployment. In most cases, due to closed borders, these workers cannot return home. So, there is a pool of skilled TFW already in Quebec who are ready to work.
This reality, together with the new government policy, means that your company could save time and money by hiring TFW who already have the qualifications you’re looking for in addition to local experience. As long as you have a valid Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), you will be able to hire TFW already in Quebec and integrate them into your business within days.
What are your needs?
- For medium-term needs: international recruiting remains an excellent option to offset the lack of skilled labour.
- If you have more urgent needs: the new measure announced by the government is a golden opportunity to hire workers quickly.
For more tips on how to proceed, it’s always advisable to consult an international recruiting expert.