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A permanent resident is someone who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada, but is not a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents are citizens of other countries. Hiring permanent residents is not the complicated process it is thought to be. There is no special process for hiring permanent residents as they are legally entitled to work in Canada and do not require work permits. They represent a large pool of educated working age individuals.

The following groups require work permits in order to engage in employment, and are potential sources of foreign workers that you may wish to consider:

International Post-Secondary Students

International post-secondary students are individuals that were born in another country to non-Canadian parents and are currently residing and studying at an educational institute in Canada. International post-secondary students are eligible to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during regular semesters and full-time during semester breaks. They are also permitted to work full-time during their work-term semesters. Many study permits come with this work allowance, but some students may need to apply for an Off-Campus Work Permit. Upon graduation, international post –secondary students are permitted to apply for a Post Graduate Work permit. This allows the international student to be eligible for an open work permit valid up to three years.

Temporary Foreign Workers

The federal government allows eligible foreign workers to work in Canada on a temporary basis. Employers must demonstrate an inability to find suitable Canadians or permanent residents to fill jobs and must show that the entry of the worker will not negatively impact the Canadian labour market. Employers from all types of businesses can recruit foreign workers to meet temporary labour shortages.

Provincial Nominees

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee program seeks to recruit immigrants who have specialized occupational or entrepreneurial skills. Through an agreement with the Government of Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador can nominate individuals, who will contribute to the economic and social goals of the province, for permanent resident status.

Some of the unique aspects you may encounter, as well as points you may need to consider, when hiring Immigrants are:

  • Limited understanding of Canadian work culture due to a lack of Canadian work experience.
  • The potential need for recognition of foreign education, work experience and professional credentials by professional associations.
  • Communication can be affected by cultural factors. For example, in some cultures not making eye contact is a sign of respect.
  • Immigrants may encounter some language barriers. Arrangements may need to be made to help the immigrant worker acquire additional language courses in English. It may also be helpful to explain the meaning of some of the commonly used words and phrases that are unique to the Newfoundland and Labrador culture.
  • Be aware that a self-managed career may be a new concept for certain cultures. Some individuals may find self-promotion and networking difficult.
  • The provision of a buddy/mentor system for newly hired immigrants may ease the transition into the workplace.
  • Strong role models in management positions will assist in helping immigrants become aware of the workplace expectations.
  • It may be beneficial for you to connect with support services and agencies that provide employment services to New Canadians.
For more infomation on hiring immigrants and foreign workers please refer to: Information for Employers or The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

You can also review the Hiring International Workers in Atlantic Canada: An Employer's Guide available from Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC).

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