And these amendments will exempt some employers and recruiters from registration and licensing rules.
Nova Scotia changes foreign worker rules—On 10th September, 2013, Nova Scotia foreign worker rules were changed through General Regulations Respecting Labor Standards amendments. And these changes will be applicable for the purposes of hiring and recruiting foreign workers.
As per the details, such changes will be exempting some of the third-party recruiters as well as employers of immigrant workers from the requirements of registration and licensing.
Aim of Nova Scotia foreign worker changes—Well, the aim of such changes to Nova Scotia foreign worker norms is to help give higher priority to protection of foreign workers who seem to be more vulnerable(with regard to hiring and recruitment process) rather than extending licensing and recruitment requirements on all employers.
Lets see now what actually is the process of Employer Registration—
Process of Employer Registration—Certain recruiters and employers shall get exemption from the condition of holding a registration certificate for the purposes of hiring foreign workers in this Canadian Province. Such changes have been introduced to the recruitment licensing process. Following employers, under the new rules, will not be required to have a registration certificate.
• Employers looking to recruit foreign workers in management(NOC O)/professional(NOC A) occupations included in the NOC Matrix list.
• Provincial government reporting universities, entities and municipalities.
So, it becomes quite clear that employers falling in any of the above mentioned categories and using third-party recruiter are exempted from having a licensed recruiter with the condition that recruiter also has the exemption from requirement of a license.
Foreign Worker Recruiter License—Now, let us see what is Foreign Worker Recruiter License. It may be worth mentioned here that recruiters are not required to have a license for engaging in any of the following categories of foreign worker recruitment work on behalf of employers in Nova Scotia(under the latest changes to Nova Scotia Foreign Worker Rules)—
• Recruitment of foreign workers for the following types of job entities— Provincial Government Reporting Entities (like crown corporations, the Nova Scotia Community College/school boards, government departments). Universities. Municipalities.
• Recruiting foreign workers for professional and management positions falling within skill type O and skill level A occupations on the NOC(National Occupational Classification)Matrix chalked out by HRSDC(Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) in alliance with Statistics Canada.
So, following are the exempted occupations—
• Management occupations—NOC Matrix list includes management occupations including senior managers, managers in health care, corporate sales managers, managers in human resources, construction, information technology, finance, retail and legislators.
• Professional Occupations—Professional occupations include accountants, lawyers, professors, teachers, librarians, dentists, translators, psychologists, engineers, scientists and mathematicians.