Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
Canada introduced new pandemic-related instructions for temporary workers
Updated: Jan 25, 2022
The new instructions related to fully or partially vaccinated applicants were introduced by the government of Canada on January 14, 2022.
The COVID-19 work permit program delivery page has been divided into smaller sections to ease finding information. General travel instructions, as well as information about family reunification and biometrics for overseas workers, have been removed and linked to one instruction to avoid duplication.
The government also removed special measures and public policies that have already expired. According to subsection 198(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), foreign nationals who are exempt from the travel restrictions may apply for a work permit at the port of entry (POE).
In order to apply at the POE, foreign nationals must meet the following requirements:
They are exempt from the requirement to obtain a temporary resident visa as per section R190
They are eligible to enter Canada while COVID-19 travel restrictions are in place
They meet all other work permit eligibility requirements depending on the work permit category they have applied under
Foreign nationals in Canada may submit applications to extend or change conditions on their work permits online or on paper. However, only foreign nationals who meet one of the exemptions from the mandatory e-application requirement may submit paper applications.
Fully vaccinated agricultural workers will not be required to quarantine after arrival in Canada where as unvaccinated agricultural workers will still be required to quarantine for 14 days before they start working.