50 Million Dollars to Help Canadian Employers Who Have Hired Foreign Workers
The Government of Canada has allocated financial support to help employers keep foreign workers and other Canadians safe from the spread of COVID-19.
Due to their integral role in the food sector, temporary foreign workers are still allowed to come to Canada, but like all Canadian residents, they must quarantine or isolate for 14 days as soon as they reach the Port of Entry.
An article in the CIC NEWS explains that as of April 15, any returning travellers who are asymptomatic, without a credible quarantine plan, will be forced to spend the two weeks in a hotel and employers are expected to provide workers with transportation and accommodations as well as access to food and basic sanitation supplies.
The article further explains that the government will provide employers up to $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker, to ensure public health requirements are being fully met. And that employers and workers who do not comply could face fines, jail time or both.
"Before the pandemic, the food sector was already challenged by significant labour shortages. Each year, the agricultural sector receives about 60,000 foreign workers, and yet around 15,000 jobs remain vacant. Fruit and vegetable farms, as well as fish, seafood, and meat processing plants, are reliant on temporary foreign workers."
Of particular relevance to Saskatchewan, "foreign workers in the agricultural sector account for more than 60 per cent of all who come to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program".
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