While the ongoing pandemic has halted many business operations around the world, some still operate to continue servicing its community and country. As such, companies will inevitably keep working. Because of this, many people, especially business owners, have concerns over what they have to do to ensure both the smooth operation of their businesses and the safety of their workforce. This has also impacted many foreign workers, as those who are coming into Canada for work have faced many challenges getting into the country, and have numerous concerns to worry about.
Are you a foreign worker impacted by the pandemic? Here are some considerations to make if you want to work in Canada:
1. Travel restrictions
One of the biggest concerns you might have is how to travel to Canada. While there were many travelling restrictions announced and put into action for the past few weeks, those who are going solely for work purposes are exempted from the rule. So, whether you are a new applicant, a worker just about to travel to Canada after you were approved, or a resident of the country who was abroad before the pandemic hit, you can all travel back without restrictions.
However, note that there will be processing priorities, as well as safety precautions that you’ll have to take. Patience will be required on your end, but rest easy knowing that you can get into Canada for work purposes.
2. Employment layoffs
One of the possible measures created due to the ongoing pandemic might include the temporary suspension for companies to report layoffs or changes in workplaces. This means that if you get laid off or if you must work somewhere else, it might not get reported. This can be worrying to some, especially foreign workers such as you.
What happens if you get laid off from work? Do you still receive benefits as a foreign worker? According to the ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada), you can. One of these benefits is the Employment Insurance benefits, and you can receive it given that you satisfy the requirements.
3. Employer obligations
You might be thinking of what part the employer has to play in all this. They are to ensure that you are working in the safest environment possible, and you might find yourself quarantined or even self-isolating.
However, note that some employers will take additional measures. For example, if you are exhibiting symptoms of the virus, you will be accommodated separately from the rest of the employees. Also, there is a chance that you will cover any additional accommodation costs due to this issue happening. However, if the employer has ceased to operate at this time, you will have to carry out your quarantine activities on your own.
Undoubtedly, the pandemic has caused plenty of havoc in and outside of Canada. That said, the ESDC is cognizant of these troublesome times, and are doing their best to ensure businesses continue to operate and that foreign workers continue getting hired to work in Canadian companies. If you are a foreign worker working or looking for work in Canada, then rest assured that it is still something you can do.
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