What is the timeframe between the demand for your services and the arrival of a foreign worker to my company?

A safe estimate of the length of the process of hiring a foreign worker from the beginning of the application to the arrival of them within the company is between 14 and 26 weeks.

What type of employer can benefit from Collaboration Canada services?

Any type of employer, (whether in the pork, dairy, crop, berries, catering, manufacturing, etc.) sectors. All can take advantage of the services of Collaboration Canada and its expertise. All our employees are trilingual and will be able to respond adequately to the specific needs of the clients.

What are the different stages of the process?

The employer must show that he has tried unsuccessfully to find a Canadian worker who meets his criteria. It must also make an inspection of the building in which the worker will live and fill a LMIA form (Labour Market Impact Assessment). Each application is evaluated individually by the Department of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion (MIDI) and by Service Canada, both of which have final authority with respect to the application. Once approved, the worker preparation process can begin abroad.

How are the workers recruited?

Foreign workers are either recruited by their own government, or by on-site partners or external recruiters. They will have to pass physical and medical tests in order to satisfactorily meet the expectations of the client.

What are the wages, rights, and protections of workers?

Workers’ wages are set by the government authorities . In many cases, the wage rate approaches the minimum rate. In addition, the worker is subject to each province’s labour laws (labour standards, CSST, etc.). Workers are also covered by the public health insurance and can have private insurance.

Is the process costly?

The client’s company enjoys no subsidy or government assistance. Everything is the responsibility of the producer or business owner (airfare, lodging, visas, permits, and other charges). On the other hand, the worker will have to pay $120 per month for lodging in the agriculture segment, or a maximum of 30% of his monthly salary in the low-wage or high-wages segment. Everything is relative, but many producers and companies find their way by having a reliable and present workforce.

What language do the workers speak?

Other than in rare exceptions, workers speak only Spanish, and some have a basic command of English, hence the importance of having some basic ability in these languages. We offer translation services if necessary because all of our employees speak French, English, and Spanish. Private lessons are also available.

How is the transport of workers being made?

Air transport is carried out directly through our affiliated travel agency. Usually, the producer will pick up the worker directly at the airport, but we also offer airport transportation services to the farm or to your business.

Where the workers comes from?

Our workers come mainly from Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Colombia.