New rules for employers and temporary foreign workers due to COVID-19

The government of Canada has made changes to the Immigration Regulations. Of course, these changes address the realities of conditions imposed by COVID-19.

Responsibilities of foreign workers

If you are a temporary foreign worker, you need to self-quarantine upon entering Canada. Of course, the current duration is 14 days. If you do not comply, then you will face a removal order from Canada. However, the removal order will likely be an exclusion order. Thus, you may apply to return to Canada after one year. Alternatively, you may request an Authorization to Return to Canada. Nonetheless, your better option is to comply.

Responsibilities of Canadian employers

The Canadian employers of temporary foreign workers must follow these orders:

  • While your foreign employee is in quarantine, you have to pay their wages and consider them working for you.
  • You may not ask your employee to enter activities that do not comply with the Emergencies Act or the Quarantine Act.

Non-compliance will have consequences for employers.

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    Posted: May 8, 2020

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    Al Parsai

    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in Toronto, Canada. He also teaches the official immigration consulting courses at Ashton College in Vancouver, Canada. Al who holds a Masters degree from Yorkville University is a member of ICCRC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 30 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.