Feds help out employers hiring temporary foreign workers

April 13, 2020

By Canadian HR Reporter |

With temporary foreign workers coming into Canada required to self-isolate for 14 days because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government is providing additional support to employers through a $50-million investment.

Employers in the food production and processing industry will be given $1,500 for each of their temporary foreign workers so they have transportation and accommodations, as well as access to food and basic supplies needed to meet all of the conditions imposed by public health authorities for the two weeks.

“Temporary foreign workers have been an integral part of the Canadian workforce and food supply chain for decades,” says Carla Qualtrough, minister of employment, workforce development and disability inclusion. “Today’s announcement will help to protect the health of Canadians, while ensuring a steady labour supply to support our economy and ensure our food security during these extraordinary times. There will always be jobs for Canadians who want to work and support these sectors.”

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