Canada’s Immigration Department has clarified that Canadian employers must pay foreign workers even if they do not yet have their Social Insurance Number (SIN).
Although workers still have to apply for the SIN within three days of starting their employment, they do not need to get their number to start working, but they must give it to their employer within three days of starting work. reception.
The Social Insurance Number is a nine-digit number that allows people to work in Canada or access government programs. It is used for identification purposes and it is illegal for someone to use someone else’s number. Service Canada offers a list of programs that require a SIN. They also provide a list of circumstances where this is not necessary since the SIN is a sensitive document. Employers must have access to their employees’ SINs after they are hired.
There are several stipulations that Canadian employers must adhere to when hiring foreign workers under the International Mobility Program, for example, they must provide overseas employment in the same occupation, with the same wages. and working conditions that are “substantially the same as – but no less favorable than – those stated in the job posting.
What are the compliances and inspections for Employers?
In terms of wages, employers must pay foreign workers at least more than what is stated in the job posting. Any deduction from a worker’s wages must be stated in the offer. A salary increase may indicate a change in duties, which could mean that the employee is now working in a different occupation than that stated in the offer. Sometimes a pay increase also results in employer non-compliance if the increase would have affected the ability of the foreign worker to benefit from the Labor Market Impact Assessment exemption.
Although mandatory quarantine requirements are in place, all newcomers to Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. Employers must still pay their employees the salary indicated in the job advertisement during this period.
Employers may be subject to inspections by officials working for IRCC.
Inspections help ensure that employers of foreign workers respect their responsibilities, thereby ensuring that workers are not mistreated.
There are three circumstances in which an employer could be selected for an inspection:
The employer who submits the job offer to IRCC to hire a temporary worker will be responsible for meeting the terms of the program. They can be selected for inspection at any time after the first day of employment of the temporary worker and up to six years after the issuance of their work permit.
Employers who have requested an authorized representative to submit job offers on their behalf are still required to comply with all inspection activities and requests.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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