Here are some reasons why working with us gives your company a real advantage:
- If you do not find enough skilled staff within the Canadian labour market, we will source highly prepared workers that meet your specific needs and requirements. We can cover the whole foreign worker recruitment staffing process: identify your company’s requirements, handle LMIA and Immigration applications to be submitted to Service Canada, offer additional assistance in travel and settlement arrangements.
- Our recruitment offices worldwide have direct access to the local labour markets to find the perfect candidates for your company.
- We have alliances with Immigration Pros and Castle & Co, which are certified members of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants. They can expertly advise and represent our clients to obtain approval to hire foreign workers in the shortest possible time.
- Our candidates exceed the job qualifications, have the required language level and are culturally prepared to insert themselves in the Canadian labour market.
- Our candidates are willing to establish long-term labour relations with their employers, allowing them to seek their permanent residence to settle in Canada indefinitely, guaranteeing that they will remain longer in your company and help reduce your labour turnover.
- Competitive fees.
Our team of recruiters worldwide will perform a comprehensive recruitment process according to the specific job requirements and profiles you need for your company. This process includes:
- Recruiting candidates through the different approaches available within the labour market (advertising, telemarketing, mailing, job banks, direct recruitment, marketing digital media resources, etc.).
- Performing an in-depth first interview with potential candidates.
- Testing the candidate’s language skills (English and French).
- Checking education and training certificates, diplomas and past work experience.
- Our Recruitment Consultants in Canada then perform a second interview with every candidate.
- You will also be able to perform live interviews with the candidates you select through video conferences or in-person at our offices abroad. You will have the opportunity to meet the candidates and have more resources available to make an effective decision.
We recruit workers from Mexico, Ecuador, the Philippines, Taiwan, Jamaica, Kosovo, Tunisia, St. Lucia and Vietnam. For the unique skill set required for some job positions, our Workvantage International recruitment team directly recruits from other countries worldwide.
Every year, Canadian employers hire thousands of foreign workers to expand their businesses or keep up with the demand for their products and services without risking their operations. Employing foreign workers can be an essential part of a company’s business strategy in building a skilled, stable, and committed workforce.
*IRCC: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
*ESDC: Employment and Social Development Canada.
The process can be summarized in three stages:
- Obtaining Service Canada’s authorization to bring foreign workers to Canada through a positive LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment application).
- Sourcing the best foreign candidates to meet your company’s requirements.
- Submitting work permit applications at the Canadian Embassy abroad for the selected candidates.
- Helping your company with the travelling arrangements needed to bring the workers according to the employer needs.
Each of these stages involves several steps that can be overwhelming for any organization whose primary focus is not recruitment.
We know that the stress of recruiting from a scarce workforce can lead to hiring unqualified people or people that may walk out on the job after a few weeks.
We frequently hear from clients who have a 100% annual staff turnover rate, which undoubtedly impacts their products and services. Workvantage helps these clients to concentrate on their businesses.
Workvantage will help the Human Resources department focus on HR and not just recruiting, which is a tiny part of what HR management is all about.
It depends on several factors, such as the province your company is located, the position you need to fill and the National Occupation Classification code associated with it. It will also depend on whether you already have an LMIA approved or not.
The whole process could take from as little as eight weeks to as long as eight months. Advertising for the new position, obtaining the Labour Market Impact Assessment Opinion (LMIA) in Canada and processing the work permit for the selected foreign workers are the 3 main steps you need to take into account when you schedule your hiring process:
- Job Advertising: It is a legal requirement, designed to prove that the employer has undertaken reasonable efforts to recruit Canadian workers. The time you have to advertise is a minimum of 4 consecutive weeks and includes a report of Canada’s recruitment.
- LMIA Application: Processing the LMIA with Service Canada will take from 2 to 8 weeks. It will vary according to the Temporary Foreign Worker stream you are applying to and the current volume of applications the government may be receiving.
- Work Permit Process: Once the LMIA has been approved, the Canadian Embassy processes the work permit for the selected foreign worker within 3 to 12 weeks. Processing Times vary according to the country the worker is applying from and the current volume of applications the Canadian Embassy abroad may be receiving.
Once we know your staffing requirements, we will conduct an evaluation of the legal requirements your company must hire a foreign worker. We will make a schedule of the whole process together with your Human Resources team to plan accordingly.
We source both high skilled and low skilled workers.
We can recruit any profile. During our 14 years of experience, we have recruited for Canadian employers different workers such as welders, carpenters, drywall installers, cabinet makers, construction labourers, plumbers, floor covering installers, carpeting installers, roofers, golf course workers, cooks and chefs, hospitality personnel, light duty cleaners, salespeople, material handlers, amusement park attendants, food and beverage servers, kitchen helpers, manufacturing labourers, labourers in food processing, general farm workers, heavy-duty equipment mechanics, building maintenance workers, mechanical, rope access technicians, farm labourers, chicken catchers, fish processing labourers, agricultural technicians, among many others.
Any worker can be hired if the labour market conditions justify hiring a foreign workforce.
You may be struggling to reduce staff turnover and have problems dealing with unqualified workers. We can help you recruit qualified and committed workers!
Of course! In fact, this is a great incentive for all the foreign workers that you hire. Once one of them is promoted (Skill level 0, A or B), he/she will have a greater chance of becoming a permanent resident in Canada.
Under the agricultural stream, employers must provide housing. You can opt for an in-house farming option or another place outside the farm. CAD 30 can be deducted weekly from the worker’s gross salary income for housing.
For the other Temporary Foreign Worker Program streams, the employee has to pay for his accommodation. The employer’s responsibility under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is to help the worker find suitable and affordable accommodation near the workplace. If the employer and the employee establish an agreement where the employer provides the housing, you are responsible for providing them with furnished housing at a cost that does not exceed 30% of their gross monthly salary.
If you anticipate some problems with housing, Workvantage does not expect you to become a housing specialist; our service includes helping with information so that you can find the best accommodation possible for your workers at the best possible price within that 30% margin.
Workvantage has a service guarantee: we will replace the foreign worker free of charge should this rare circumstance occur. We are so confident that you will be satisfied with our workers that we will guarantee a substitute for 3 months from the moment the foreign worker starts working in your company.
We ask you to measure and plan the demand for workers according to your business needs. All temporary foreign workers must work a legal minimum of 30 hours per week for their contract duration.
However, we will only accept orders for jobs that will guarantee a minimum of 35 hours a week. If your business goes through difficult times in the future and temporary layoffs become necessary, foreign workers have to be treated the same as Canadian citizens and would be entitled to receive unemployment benefits.
If the position is part of a union, Service Canada expects union confirmation that the position is being filled by a foreign worker and not by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Service Canada Officers have the discretion to consult with unions for specific information needed on matters such as the status of a labour dispute, the wage rate for a particular occupation, the terms of a contract, and more general labour market information.
Service Canada sets the minimum wage that you must pay for each position. They base their calculations on market conditions. Wages are usually fair, although they may be slightly lower than what some employers offer.
Service Canada bases its calculations on historicals of previously employed workers and not on wages regularly offered in provinces with labour shortage problems, where salaries tend to be higher.