TWO more GP-CITREC graduates are heading to British Columbia (BC) in Canada under the newly rolled out Agricultural Stream programme.
Yesterday at the Guadalcanal provincial headquarter, Mr Hamilton Sala and Ms Maureen Savi signed their contract and other legal documents in preparation for their travel to Canada. They are employed by Summershade Farms Ltd in BC.
According to their contracts, there stay and work in Canada shall be for 24 months from the day of assuming functions and they shall be handed their work permit upon arrival in Canada.
Under their temporary foreign workers (TFW) permit, they shall be entitled to 30 minutes break time per day, two days off per week and can take two weeks or 10 days of paid vacation.
The employer shall provide the employee with accommodation although the employee has a choice to his or her own house to rent.
The employer shall pay all taxes as prescribed by Canadian laws, including but not limited to employment insurance, Canadian income tax, Canadian pension plan or the Quebec pension plan.
The employer shall also cover for health insurance and work place safety insurance at no cost to the employee. GP-CITREC workers are well protected under relevant national and provincial laws and regulations Canada.
In the contract, it also specify that it is the sole responsibility of the employer to pay for the workers airfare to Canada and back to their home country.
Sala and Savi will be leaving for Canada as soon as final arrangements are completed.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by GP- Provincial Secretary, GP-Chief Education Officer and two GP-CITREC training and coordinating officers. The Speaker to Guadalcanal Provincial Assembly Mr Abel Arabola signed and ascended the documents on behalf of Guadalcanal province.
In related developments regarding GP-CITREC programme,
Meanwhile, CITREC Chairman and SI-Canada Consul General Mr Ashwant Dwivedi is visiting Guadalcanal province at the end of May and he promised to bring some more good news regarding GP-CITREC and future developments.
He is also scheduled to meet with some national government leaders, officials and agencies and with provincial governments.
Also a week ago the programme led to the reunion of Guadalcanal families in Canada. Mr Sylvester Apato, Mrs Leonita Henry and Miyler Volley flew together to be with their respective partners who are in Canada under the GP-CITREC programme.
Apato’s wife Grace Delight went to Canada early this year whilst Henry’s husband and little Miyler’s dad, Mr Careka Volley, went to Canada mid-last year.
In a recent Facebook post, Volley uploaded pictures of his son playing in their home yard with the following caption; “Being with him is happier and turning lonesome days to fun and laughter. Nothing like this would be possible without the help of CITREC and Guadalcanal Staff for initiating this wonderful program. […] Thank you CITREC team and Chairman for your continuous support and trusting the people of Guadalcanal. To all my wantoks, the CITREC graduants and future CITREC scholars, this program is rewarding and worth trust as it will bring good outcome to our nation”.