Canadian trucking companies can employ international workers through a LABOUR MARKET IMPACT ASSESSMENT

 

What is Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?

An LMIA is an application whereby the employer requires an authorization to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to hire a non-Canadian to fill job positions within the company.

The process aims to evaluate the impacts on the local labour market when hiring foreign workers. ESDC positive decision on the LMIA gives permission to the employer to offer jobs to international workers.

Workers who meet the requirements, pre-defined on the LMIA, can be included to the approved LMIA and apply for a work permit. Once the work permit is approved, the workers can travel to Canada and start working for the employer.

An appropriate LMIA application is essential to show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job and no Canadian workers could fit it. Therefore, a successful LMIA process depends on specialized and reliable assistance.

  

Is COVID-19 outbreak affecting foreign workers entry in Canada?


Canadian authorities have released travel restrictions for all foreign workers holding a valid work permit entering the country by air, sea or land. It means that whether the foreign worker currently has a valid work permit or have applied for one and it has been approved, it is possible to enter Canada, since the worker self-isolates for 14 days.

Exceptions apply for those persons showing symptoms of COVID-19 and traveling by air. Anyone in this condition will not be allowed to enter the country.

 

Was the transportation of goods affected by border restrictions?

No restrictions were imposed for trucking company workers as its services are necessary to maintain the flow of goods between Canada and US.

Thus, truck drivers who regularly cross the Canadian – US border are not required to quarantine.

 

How is Government of Canada helping companies and workers in essential services field such as trucking sector?

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has waived the recruiting requirement and is prioritizing LMIA applications for some essential occupations, including truck driver.

Why start now?

Processing Times

LMIA application processing time varies from two weeks to three months after submission, depending on the stream. Based on the last applications we submitted for trucking companies, average processing time is one month after submission. Before submitting the application, regularly it is mandatory to advertise the job(s) for four weeks using three different recruiting methods.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, processing time has been reduced to 10 days as well as there is no need to advertise the positions for applications submitted by October 31, 2020.

Work permit application processing time varies according to the worker’s country of residency, taking in average two to eight weeks after submission.

Once in Canada, the driver needs to obtain a Class 1 full driver’s license to be allowed to drive here. Average processing time to switch the driver’s license in BC is three months.

Considering the LMIA, work permit, and driver’s license processing times, it can take three to five months for workers to start working for the employer in Canada.

That is why is highly recommended to start the LMIA application now, take advantage of this economic recession period to process the paperwork and train the workers. Thus, when the economic crisis is over, the company will be ready to move forward counting on qualified workforce.

LMIA streams available for trucking companies:

Low-wage Stream: Applicable when the employer offers to the worker a wage below the provincial or territorial median hourly wage.

Requirements for employers:

  • Offering a full-time job (at least 30 hours per week)
  • Performing three different methods of recruitment for four consecutive weeks
  • Offering a wage equal or higher the hourly median wage for the same job position and work location
  • Paying transportation for worker to come to Canada and return to country of residency at the end of work term period
  • Ensuring that suitable and affordable housing is available for the worker, and the worker is covered by health and workplace safety insurance

 

High-wage Stream: Applicable when the employer offers to worker a wage at or above the provincial or territorial median hourly wage.

Requirements for employers:

  • Offering a full-time job (at least 30 hours per week)
  • Performing three different methods of recruitment for four consecutive weeks
  • Offering a wage equal or higher the hourly median wage for the same job position and work location
  • Ensuring that the worker is covered by workplace safety insurance
  • Submitting a transition plan

 

Median Hourly Wages by Province/Territory

Province/Territory

Wage ($/hr) as of April 22, 2019

Alberta

$26.67

British Columbia

$23.98

Manitoba

$21.00

New Brunswick

$20.00

Newfoundland and Labrador

$22.00

Northwest Territories

$34.00

Nova Scotia

$20.00

Nunavut

$30.00

Ontario

$23.08

Prince Edward Island

$19.49

Quebec

$22.00

Saskatchewan

$24.52

Yukon

$30.00

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2017 and 2018

 

Contact us and find out if your company qualifies for an LMIA application and get specialized, reliable assistance.

 

Cando Canadian Immigration Services

contact@cisimm.ca

250 979 0422