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Canada puts aside $50 million to help temporary foreign workers

Margaret Cooley



Canada Temporary Foreign Workers

Canada has implemented several travel restriction measures in order to combat the spread of the pandemic. However, the country is also trying not to disrupt the inflow of skilled immigrants during this time. Exceptions can be made if the travelers meet the requirements of the Canadian government. However, it is mandatory for the newly arrived workers to self-isolate themselves for two weeks before they can get to work.

The Canadian government has decided to set aside funding so that Canadian employers can support the mandatory 14-day isolation period successfully. All travelers who come from international territories have to follow the regulation even if they do not show any symptoms of COVID 19. Employers who have hired international workers will not be allowed to make any exceptions. The $50 million funding will help employers fulfill the health regulations so that the foreign workers are safe during the two-week quarantine period.

Why is the isolation important?

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Both employers and foreign workers have to take the responsibility of containing the spread of COVID-19. The government has allowed work permit holders to travel to Canada because they can contribute to the economy, and especially the food sector.

The foreign workers have to isolate from the moment they reach the Port of Entry. This measure is being further tightened. Returning travelers without a believable quarantine plan will have to spend two weeks in a hotel if they are asymptomatic. The employers are supposed to provide the required transportation facilities, sanitation supplies, and accommodations. The government will assign up to $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker and hand over the amount to the employer.

However, the funding will only be provided if the employers are not found to be flouting the 14-day protocols or other public health orders. The program will last until the Quarantine Act is implemented.

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