Variations to wage requirements

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Ski and snowboard instructor positions in western provinces

The prevailing wage for ski and snowboard instructor positions is based on the Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) wage survey and other labour market information. For example:

  • Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey
  • provincial/territorial surveys
  • administrative data and other recognized sources

Job offers for ski and snowboard instructors under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code 54100 – Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness must meet at minimum the hourly base wage for the corresponding certification levels as detailed in this table:

Hourly base wage rates – 2023 to 2024 season
Ski and snowboard instructor certification Vancouver Island BC Coast BC Interior Alberta
Level 1 CSIA/CASI $17.83 $17.83 $18.00 $17.00
Level 2 CSIA/CASI $19.63 $19.63 $19.00 $19.00
Level 3 CSIA/CASI $22.50 $22.50 $22.00 $23.00
Level 4 CSIA/CASI $30.00 $30.00 $27.10 $30.82
  • CSIA: Canadian Ski Instructor’s Association
  • CASI: Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors

You must use labour market information data for wages, such as the Government of Canada’s Job Bank website, when applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to hire a temporary foreign worker (TFW) under NOC code 54100 – Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness, in a position other than ski or snowboard instructor.

Cold Lake

The prevailing wage for Cold Lake and the surrounding communities increased because of being in the same economic region as Fort McMurray, which generally has higher wages.

The wages are assessed for:

  • Fort McMurray according to the posted wages for Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake economic region
  • Cold Lake and surrounding communities according to the Alberta provincial wages

International medical graduates in Quebec

In the province of Quebec, international medical graduates must complete a 13-week unpaid, on-the-job assessment in a provincial health care facility for foreign credential recognition purposes. Successful completion of this assessment determines the graduate’s ability to practice medicine in the province of Quebec.

Fee for service physicians

People hired for positions under the following NOC codes can work in the public or private health care system:

  • 31100 – Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
  • 31101 – Specialists in surgery
  • 31102 – General practitioners and family physicians

These positions are compensated in a variety of different ways including provincial government fee for service schedules, salaried compensation scales, or a combination of fee for service and salaried compensation scales.

Maritime sector

Employers hiring foreign nationals to fill positions onboard a foreign vessel undertaking coasting trade in Canadian waters must ensure that the wage offer is equal to or greater than the prevailing wage rate. The employer may pay what's known as an "uplift," an industry-accepted practice where the worker is paid an additional amount on top of their international wage. Details of the international wage and the uplift must be included on the LMIA application.

The employer must pay the uplift for the duration of the LMIA even if the vessel plans to leave and re-enter Canadian waters to complete work on the project. It's expected that the LMIA duration will align with the coasting trade licence and the project. The employer must also continue to pay the uplift if the work permit is extended.

Employers must maintain comprehensive employment records that fully document payment of wages throughout the duration of the project.

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