Looking for work in Canada? Read this

Posted at 06/05/2014 2:00 PM

MANILA - Have you been offered a job as a Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) in the food services sector in Canada?

Then it is likely non-existent now with a moratorium in place.

"To avoid illegal recruitment, job applicants should reject offers of employment in pizza, hotdog, or other fast food franchise counters in Canada," Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.

Cacdac said the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) had imposed a moratorium on the Food Services Sector's access to Temporary Foreign Worker Program. This is in response to allegations that the program was being abused in order to displace Canadian workers.

With the moratorium, Cacdac explained that the ESDC will not process any new or pending application for Labor Market Opinion (LMO) and no work permit for temporary foreign workers will be approved, rendering any job offered by the recruiter that was affected by the freeze, non-existent.

Covered by the moratorium are occupations in establishments primarily engaged in preparing meals, snacks and beverages, to customer orders for immediate consumption on and off the premises, such as:

• food counter attendants
• kitchen helpers
• restaurant and food service managers
• food service supervisors
• food and beverage servers
• cashiers
• chefs
• cooks
• bakers
• sales
• marketing
• advertising managers
• executive housekeepers
• cleaning supervisors
• butchers
• meat cutters and fishmongers,
• sales representatives
• retail salespersons and sales clerks
• hosts/hostesses
• bartenders
• janitors
• caretakers

The suspension does not include food service activities that occur within establishments such as hotels, civic and social associations, amusement and recreation parks, and theatres, but leased food-service locations in facilities such as hotels, shopping malls, airports and department stores are included.

Cacdac said the moratorium will remain in effect until the completion of the ongoing Canadian government review of the TFW program.