Effective December 15, 2020, the BC Government has rolled out a new requirement for all British Columbian employers looking to hire temporary foreign workers. The new requirement covers three federal programs:
- The Temporary Foreign Worker Program
- The Home Child Care Provider Pilot, and
- The Home Support Worker Pilot
As you know, in BC, temporary foreign workers are protected by law from unfair employer practices and this registry ensures fair working conditions for all workers in the province.
By registering for a certificate, you will be able to continue to hire temporary foreign workers to round out your workforce, or to address seasonal requirements..
Online registration is now open and will only take approximately 20 minutes to register. There is no fee to obtain a registration certificate, which is valid for up to three years.
The concept for this registry was introduced in 2018 under BC’s Temporary Foreign Workers Protection Act, which aimed to create more transparency and protections for foreign workers. BC joins a group of several other provinces including Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, which have all created registration requirements for local employers to address the issue of foreign worker abuse, an issue that has drawn national attention in recent years.