Canada has made it mandatory for temporary foreign workers to quarantine themselves for 14 days if they are arriving from abroad.
For this purpose, the federal government has provided funding of $50 million to ensure that employers who have hired temporary foreign workers comply with the special measures enlisted for the new arrivals.
The Canadian employers are imparted with the responsibility of protecting the foreign workers as well as Canadian residents. So, the funding will help the employers meet all the essential health regulations and keep the workers and citizens safe.
Canada is facing labor shortages, especially in the food and agriculture sector. Therefore, it needs temporary foreign workers and the government has allowed the entry of work permit holders in the country. However, all travelers must follow the self-isolation rule strictly.
The government has allocated an amount of $1,500 for each foreign worker to employers who have hired them. Through this funding, the employer must assure that the basic health requirements are fully met. The funding will be available until the time the quarantine period is a mandatory rule in Canada.
Also, employers and workers who do not follow the coronavirus special guidelines may face charges, jail, or both.
The agriculture and the food sector already faces a considerable labor shortage. Around 60,000 foreign workers arrive in Canada each year to work in the agricultural sector, and still, 15,000 job positions remain vacant.
Fish, seafood, meat processing plants, and farms of fruits and vegetables require workers from abroad to meet the shortages of labor.
The Immigration Minister also acknowledges that it is due to temporary foreign workers that the food supply of Canada runs smoothly.