Services for Employers
We help employers solve their labour shortages starting with developing a foreign
worker strategy and action plan. We find the workers employers need and present
them efficiently with our video resume system. We arrange telephone interviews and
can perform background checks and administer any required employment or personality
tests. We provide advice and representation regarding obtaining the necessary approvals
and visas. We provide employment agreements and help with settlement related issues.
Finally, we offer a replacement guarantee in the event the candidate does not work
out as expected.
Foreign Worker Summary
We have prepared the following summary to help our Canadian employer with hiring
foreign workers. We make hiring foreign workers easy.
Placing a Job Order with us
Let us know what type of workers you need. We will search our database for qualified
people and recruit the people you need. We e-mail you video resumes of selected
candidates for you to pre-screen online. You will be able to manage your selections
using our online candidate management selection system. Once you have pre-selected
workers we will set up a telephone interview so you can talk with candidates and
determine who you want to hire.
Obtaining an LMO from HRSDC
Employers who wish to hire foreign workers usually need to file an application for
a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) with HRSDC (also known as "Service Canada"). This
government department wants to ensure the employer has tried to recruit Canadians.
The processing times vary from province to province. HRSDC primarily ensures the
job offer is genuine, the wages and working conditions offered to the foreign worker
are equivalent to those offered to Canadians and whether the employer has tried
to hire and/or train Canadians for the job.
Federal prevailing wages website: www.labourmarketinformation.ca
Prevailing wages website jobs in Alberta: www.alis.gov.ab.ca
HRSDC now allows employers to obtain "pre-approvals" by filing an application in
advance of finding the workers that are being hired. Once you find a worker you
wish to hire we can quickly obtain an LMO for that worker.
Preparation of an Application for a Labour Market Opinion
We help employers obtain the following documentation for the application. We draft
a cover letter in support of the application which highlights and summarizes the
salient facts of your LMO application.
Occupations under Pressure
- The Job Offer: The employer must extend a written job offer to
the Applicant listing the position or occupation title, salary, duration of employment,
location of the job, duties and responsibilities. We provide a precedent for your
- Recruitment Efforts: Employer must show they tried to recruit Canadians
and usually provide proof of print advertising or online postings.
- Corporate Information: We usually provide Articles of Incorporation
and other documents to show the company operates and has the need and ability to
hire foreign workers.
HRSDC has listed certain occupations where employers will not be required to undertake
lengthy or comprehensive advertising and usually only have to run ads on the free
site for 1 week. See the extensive list of Occupations Under Pressure by province:
New "E-LMO" Pilot Project
HRSDC has recently implemented an expedited electronic filing LMO application for
employers with foreign workers going to Alberta and British Columbia in certain
occupations. The approval process only takes 3-5 business days after HRSDC receives
them. The employer must have been in operation for at least 12 consecutive months
and have employed at least one worker. The Employers are required to have tried
to recruit Canadians (usually just placing a free ad on www.jobbank.gc.ca) and HRSDC will contact the
employer by phone to verify the information. Note: Other conditions apply i.e. See
low skilled worker conditions.
Eligible Occupations for E-LMO
- Carpenters (Journeyman/Woman)
- Civil Engineers
- Commercial Janitors, Caretakers
- Construction Labourers
- Crane Operators(Journeyman/Woman)
- Delivery Drivers
- Dental Technicians
- Electrical & Electronics Engineers
- Food and Beverage Servers
- Food Counter Attendants
- Food Service Supervisors
- Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
- Hotel Front Desk Clerks
- Hotel and Hospitality Room Attendants
- Industrial Electricians
- Industrial Meat Cutters
- Manufacturing & Processing Labourers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Mechanical Engineering Technologists
- Petroleum Engineers
- Registered Nurses
- Residential Cleaning and Support Workers
- Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks
- Ski and Snowboard Instructors
- Specialized Cleaners
- Steamfitters, Pipefitters
- Surveyor Helpers
- Tour and Travel Guides
Foreign workers are usually required to obtain a valid work permit to work in Canada.
A relatively new procedure called "concurrent processing" allows foreign workers
to file for a work permit as soon as they receive a job offer and while their LMO
is being processed. Once a job offer has been given to a foreign worker they can
apply for a work permit to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) visa post
responsible for the country where they work or live (This does not apply to low
skilled workers). The work permit will not be issued before the LMO is approved.
Low skilled workers must have the LMO before applying for the work permit. Canadian
Visa Officers who review the work permit applications can refuse the application
if they are not convinced the applicant will leave Canada if they are required to
(i.e. the job opportunity ends). CIC charges a $150 processing fee.
Some Foreign Workers May Obtain Work Permits at the Port-of-Entry
Applicants from "Visa Exempt Countries" - meaning they do not need a visitor's visa
to come to Canada from a prescribed list of countries (i.e. Mexico) can apply for
their work permits at the border. Medical requirements still apply to many workers
from most developing nations if their intended stay exceeds 6 months. Visitor Visa
required if country is on this list: www.cic.gc.ca
Medical Examinations (www.cic.gc.ca)
Foreign workers who are from a "Designated Country" (or have lived in a Designated
Country in for at least 6 months in the last year) must undergo a medical examination
with a "Designated Medical Practitioner" if the work permit is long than 6 months
or the occupation is one where the "protection of health is essential" (i.e. teachers,
domestics, nurses). Medical examinations are performed by doctors and the results
are sent to a Canadian Medical Centre for evaluation. This process can take several
months. With the new Concurrent Processing procedure medical forms can now be issued
to the applicant as soon as they apply for the work permit. Some Visa posts only
issue the medical forms after they have made a positive determination.
Occupations that are classified as "Low Skilled" by the National Occupation Classification
(NOC) system are coded "C" or "D" skill level and are ones that usually require
at most a high school diploma or a maximum of 2 years of job-specific training (i.e.
hotel housekeepers, waiters, machine operators, personal support workers). These
workers can come to Canada for up to 2 years but then they must return home for
at least 4 months before returning to Canada. Employers must provide return airfare
and "help" the workers find accommodations that will not cost more than one third
of their salary. HRSDC has a prescribed contract they prefer the employers use (Low Skilled Worker Employment Agreement) and
require the employer to enroll the worker in the appropriate Workplace Safety Board
insurance program. Employers must pay for healthcare insurance until the provinces
Occupation Licensing and Trade Certification
Each province has separate rules and regulations regarding professional and trade
licensing. Foreign workers often have to obtain the necessary approvals before the
work permit is issued. We help the employer and foreign worker navigate this complex
About Passportal International Inc (www.passportal.net)
Passportal International Inc (Passportal) is a separate foreign based company that
manages a worldwide network of independent affiliate recruiters and represents people
looking to live, work or study in Canada. Passportal assists candidates and their
dependents with their immigration and settlement matters and helps foreign workers
develop long-term strategic plans to stay in Canada - including advising them on
how to obtain Permanent Residence.
Work Permit Validity Periods
Work Permits are usually granted for the length of the LMO. The work permit can
not be granted beyond the validity of a passport. The LMO can be granted for up
to 3 years if the job offer is for that period and the officer finds it justifiable.
Work Permit Extensions
Work Permits are usually extendable. A new LMO is normally required but often additional
recruitment efforts are not required. The rules for Low Skilled Workers are different
(There are limits for extension for work permits issued under NAFTA or GATS.
We help foreign workers find suitable accommodations (at the employee's cost). We
have a many solutions such the home stay programs where the foreign worker can stay
with a Canadian family until they find suitable long-term accommodations to their
Our Placement Guarantee
If agreed to in writing, WorldHR offers a replacement guarantee in the event the
foreign worker is not acceptable or leaves employment during the stipulated period.
Transportation to Canada
In most cases the candidate will be responsible for arranging their own transportation
to Canada. For the low skilled worker category employers are responsible to arrange
transportation to and from Canada.
Spouses of a work permit holders
Spouses or common-law partners of skilled people coming to Canada as temporary foreign
workers for more than 6 months (not low skilled workers) may receive an "open work
permit" allowing them to work for any employer without first having a confirmed
job offer. We usually recommend to the foreign worker to come to Canada alone at
first to get established and later bring their families. This can reduce costs and
stress for the foreign worker.
Canadian Permanent Residence (PR)
Canada's has a point selection system for determining who is eligible for PR. Points
are awarded for such things as education, language ability (English and French),
work experience, age, family in Canada. An applicant who has a job in Canada may
be able to get additional points and faster processing. We recommend Candidates
to apply for PR as soon as they start working in Canada and become eligible to apply.
Candidates working in Canada can apply at the Canadian Embassy in Buffalo which
is the closest visa post and has fast processing (average processing time for PR
18 months). Applicants may be requested to attend an interview at the visa post
and applicants that may have trouble obtaining a US visa may want to apply to the
Canadian visa post responsible for their home country. Rosenblatt Associates advises
the client on where best to apply.
These provincial immigration programs enable foreign workers to get permanent residence
faster. Usually employers file a joint application with the foreign worker after
the worker has been working in Canada for them.