BCHA is leading workforce recovery efforts, cultivating strategic partnerships and resources to help employers access international and
domestic workers, upskill and retain staff, and to understand best practices in recruiting – saving you time and money
Today’s labour recruitment market is incredibly competitive, and navigating international and domestic recruitment options can be both confusing and challenging. But don’t fret; there is help available!
Meet Alison Langford, BCHA’s Workforce Strategist and dedicated expert in international and domestic recruitment. All BCHA members are eligible for a complimentary recruiting consultation with Alison. During your one-on-one session, Alison will review your workforce needs and discuss options available to support your hiring efforts.
Should you be struggling with where to start with your recruiting efforts or simply want to learn more about this complex space, book your session with Alison today. Contact | email@example.com.
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We’re connecting our members with French-speaking workers eager to work in Canada.
Don’t miss out on this incredible hiring opportunity! BCHA is representing its members at the Destination Canada Mobility Forum.
📅 When: November 18th-24th, 2023
📍 Where: Paris, France and Rabat, Morocco
What’s in it for you:
✅ Access to skilled and unskilled workers
✅ No need for LMIA application
✅ BCHA does the vetting for you
Contact Alison Langford at Alison@bcha.com to participate. Learn more at https://lnkd.in/g8–UevD
While there are many recruitment programs and resources for employers, not all will be suited to your business. The BCHA has carefully vetted and established partnerships that will support the best interests of BC accommodators and their employees.
Explore recruitment avenues below | questions? Contact alison langford alison@bcha.Com
There are 3 streams available when applying for a LMIA:
RECENT CHANGES TO LMIA PROGRAM | AS OF SPRING 2022
The Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) was created to help skilled refugees immigrate to Canada through existing economic programs to support Canadian labour market needs.
The following requirements must be met to qualify:
The BCHA has partnered with the team at Talent Beyond Boundaries. TBB matches skilled refugees with companies in need of their skills, helping employers gain valuable talent and supporting displaced people to rebuild their careers and lives.
In addition, the BCHA is currently working closely with the provincial government to advocate for changes to the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) to create a new pathway for refugees to gain permanent residency in Canada.
International Experience Canada provides the opportunity to travel and work in Canada for up to two years. There are three separate streams available that include Working Holiday, Young Professionals, and International Co-op (internship). Canada has an agreement with 38 visa-exempt countries, so citizens of those countries have a streamlined process to be eligible to work in Canada.
The most utilized of these streams is the Working-holiday permit, which is particularly popular among younger adults. This permit, allows workers to freely work and travel in Canada. Permits are typically issued for one year, but some countries allow for more than one opportunity to participate if the person reapplies under a different stream.
Application submissions are most often handled by the worker, but some may choose to work with Recognized Organizations (ROs) to assist with their applications—an example of such an organization is the Students Work Abroad Program (SWAP).
Unlike the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, job seekers are not required to remain with a single employer for the duration of their permit, and as a result, these programs are often very popular among those seeking seasonal workers.
The Francophone Mobility Program is an initiative of the Government of Canada which facilitates work permits for skilled Francophone foreign nationals. As the program’s aim is to encourage growth of French-speaking communities across Canada, candidates must be French-speaking, although it doesn’t have to be their primary language.
Candidates must also secure employment in a “skilled position” which includes work in managerial, professional, technical, or skilled trades occupations. Work permits are valid for two years and employers are required to submit an online offer of employment, paying a $230 fee.
The BCHA has partnered with Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDECB) to focus on finding hospitality experienced candidates.
The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program allows international students who have recently graduated from eligible Canadian designated learning institutions to obtain an open work permit in Canada. The duration of each permit depends on the length of the graduate’s studies.
The PGWPP is often a pathway to permanent residency, leading to opportunities for long-term employment, and as the student is responsible for applying, there are no added costs to the employer.
Similar to the PGWPP program, employers may also wish to explore recruitment efforts with international students looking to secure part-time employment. Although employing international students may also lead to longer employment once the employee is finished school, they are only able to work 20 hours per week and full-time during holidays while in school.
The Skilled Worker category of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a way for workers in a professional, management, technical, trade or other skilled occupation to gain permanent residence in BC. While associated fees with this program are paid by the employee, the employer must support recruitment requirements for employee applications. Nominations are based on a point system and draws are done monthly.
International Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) contain provisions to facilitate, on a reciprocal basis, temporary entry for businesspersons to work within Canada—an example of this is the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement. Eligible persons entering under an FTA will generally require a work permit and there is a $230 fee that is paid by the employer. While FTAs provide a streamlined employment for foreign workers, eligible occupation categories can often be limited and frequently change.
In an effort to grow interest in the hospitality sector and support upskilling and training the BCHA has partnered with Western Community College (WCC) and Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS), to offer the Hotel Operation Services Skills Training project, which provides fully funded training to unemployed and underemployed individuals from the Metro Vancouver area. The project targets individuals with some industry experience and focuses on readying candidates for meaningful work in the industry with the opportunity for students to connect directly with our members following the completion of the program.