Canada sea­sonal work

Fiji Sun - - Comments - Save­naca Vakali­waliwa Delta, BC, Canada

My heart goes out to old boy Joji Toroni­bau and other Fi­jians who have con­tacted me re­gard­ing sea­sonal work in Canada, in re­sponse to my nu­mer­ous let­ters in this col­umn (FS 27/8). For the record, my Recruitment Li­cense is­sued by the Min­istry of Em­ploy­ment has not been re­newed and I be­lieve this is be­cause of their al­le­ga­tion, that I brought a group of Fi­jians out here last year on a WX-1 Worker Visa with­out fol­low­ing the con­di­tions in my Recruitment Li­cense. It is sad that the Min­istry of Em­ploy­ment did not do its due dili­gence and have used my $20,000 bond de­posit to get my group back to Fiji, but most of us are still here and the min­istry is sud­denly mum and have not re­sponded to my emails. I have been urg­ing the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment to try Canada as there is a lot of work avail­able out here and not enough work­ers, in­clud­ing its sea­sonal work. Ne­go­ti­a­tions on a gov­ern­ment-to-gov­ern­ment level could lead to Fi­jians com­ing out here in num­bers with open work per­mits.

As it is, de­spite the al­le­ga­tions by the Min­istry of Em­ploy­ment that I have a WX-1 Worker Visa, I and the group are not al­lowed to work and I am cur­rently pick­ing blue­ber­ries be­cause the con­trac­tors are des­per­ate for work­ers and farm­ers want their crops har­vested. The blue­berry pick­ing sea­son is from June to Septem­ber and is cur­rently slow­ing down and I am urg­ing Fi­jians who are able to come out this way next year, to be part of the blue­berry sea­sonal work.

I am able to line up Fi­jians for blue­berry pick­ing here, but one has to first ap­ply for a Cana­dian visa and one easy way is to ap­ply to watch the Van­cou­ver Sev­ens in March next year. If the Min­istry of Em­ploy­ment has made a break­through by then, it should be good news for all Fi­jians. But if not, then Plan B is to get a Cana­dian visa and do blue­berry pick­ing, which will re­coup all your trav­el­ling ex­penses in the first month, while the rest of your work time is just ex­tra money.

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