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Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« on: Jan 09, 2007, 12:01 »
Hello all.  I was wondering if anyone could give me the low down on working in Canada.  Contract companies, wages, anything of note.  Thanks for any help.
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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #1 on: Jan 09, 2007, 02:15 »
http://www.mypowercareer.com/powerfulopps/powerfulopps_fs.html

The best chance you have to work as a tech in Canada is with OPG.  They frequently hire temporary employees for Rad Protection.  They post those jobs at the above site.
Past associations with contract companies have led OPG to do a "Diablo Canyon" style staff augmentation.
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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #2 on: Jan 09, 2007, 09:55 »
It is VERY VERY different from working in the USA.  I had a really good time there, and I'd go back if the situation arose.
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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #3 on: Jan 10, 2007, 07:51 »
Bat man,

I am currently an RP Supervisor with OPG that started out as a contract Rad Tech (former DOE tech, but wife is from Ontario so the move up was logical) for them before becoming a house tech and moving up.  The RP programs etc. here are quite a bit different than what you are probably used to in the States.  OPG is a great company, not just spouting corporate babble, that relies fairly heavily on contractors for RP support during outages.  They have their own internal "contractor" pool of OPG temporary techs that is supplemented with techs from the States and Sweden.  Not sure who the contact is anymore for external contractors, will look and see what I can find and will post here.  If you have any other questions that you would like to ask off the message boards drop me an email.

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Ontarion Power Generation
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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #4 on: Feb 07, 2007, 10:52 »
Got the names of the contract companies and contact persons.  They are easily searched for in google, tried myself to confirm.  Best of luck to all who are interested.


1:  Radsafe Canada Ltd.  contact: Mikael Johansson

2:  Trax Personnel Services in Oshawa Ontario contact: Kenneth Eckman

I was unable to obtain contact email addresses, but I would assume that the companies will have a method for contacting them.

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Ontario Power Generation
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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #6 on: Aug 23, 2008, 07:32 »
I'm curious how this effects taxes and unemployment. Do they take Canadian or American taxes out? Do you still have to pay U.S. taxes? Does any of the work earn you weeks towards your unemployment? 8)

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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #7 on: Aug 23, 2008, 07:40 »
I'm curious how this effects taxes and unemployment. Do they take Canadian or American taxes out? Do you still have to pay U.S. taxes? Does any of the work earn you weeks towards your unemployment? 8)

Fred

I can give you a couple of answers:

1) You have Canadian taxes withheld out of your paycheck
2) You have to file US taxes and have to pay or at the very least get foreign tax credits if you make >$80k USD
3) Your work does NOT count towards US unemployment, but does toward Canadian

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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #8 on: Aug 23, 2008, 09:11 »
It really depends on what company you work for and how long.

If you are American and work for an American company AND you are physically in Canada for fewer than 183 days in a year, your taxes are all US because the US and Canada have a tax treaty.  Your employer decides where to report your wages for unemployment - you can work that out with them.  You will not need to file a Canadian tax return.

If you are physically present in Canada for 183 or more days in the year, you have to file a Canadian tax return.  If your employer has not withheld any Canadian taxes for you, this could hurt.  So, you have to know in advance whether you might be there for that long and start withholding at the beginning if you will need it.  If you are American, you still also need to file a US tax return but you can claim a credit on your US taxes which basically exempts the first 80k (or less if you made less) that you earn in Canada.

If you work for a Canadian Company, they will handle your taxes and unemployment like they would for a Canadian starting on day one.  If you are American, you still have to pay taxes on this income to the US.  But, you can claim an exemption against your US income taxes for the first $80k that you earn there.  You have to file a US tax return no matter what.  You will also pay into Canadian Social Insurance and may be entitled to a benefit when you retire if you earn enough for long enough.

You need a work permit.  The employer who hires you has to provide you with a letter from Human Resources Canada that says that you won't be negatively impacting the Canadian Labour Market.  It is called a Positive Labour Market Opinion.  You need to give this to the Immigration officer at the border, along with $CDN150 to get your Employment Authorization (work permit).  An EA can be good for up to two years, but only if you work in the same profession.  They decide how long it will last, but you can ask them to make it for as long as possible.  You will not likely get one that is good for longer than a year.  Sometimes, they get stingy and only make it good for a month if you tell them that the job is only a month long.  Ask for a year.
If they ask you if you want to import your car, say NO.  You don't want that b.s. with the import duty, licensing, and insurance.  Just make sure that your insurance will cover you in Canada and get an insurance card from your agent that is good in Canada.  It's a special card, your regular one won't do.
Then, you can take your work permit to HRC and get a SIN.  This is a temporary Social Insurance Number.  You might need it.
If you are working in Ontario, (not sure about the other provinces) you can go to get a Provincial Health Card, which entitles you to free government health care as long as you are a resident of Canada.  (Having the work permit makes you a temporary resident of Canada)

If you are getting paid in $CDN, you will want to open an account in a Canadian bank.  This is not like opening a checking account in the US.  They don't run the banks the same way as here.  What you probably want is a "current" account.  You can also get a savings account that you can write checks against.  You can also get a US Dollar Account, but you probably won't need it unless you need to send money home often.  This is something that almost all Canadians have because they travel and do business so much in the US.  It is a savings account, but you can write checks on it if you want to.
They still use passbooks for bank accounts - like the one your grandma used to have.  You can even stick it into the ABM to get it updated. But you can usually just ask them to give you a monthly statement instead.
Anyway, you need an appointment to open an account at most branches.  If your employer writes you a paycheck at one branch of ScotiaBank (for example) you may not be able to cash it at a different branch of that bank.  That is why you want an account - so you can deposit the check instead of driving to the branch that will cash your check.  Then, you can ask them to convert your money into US when you come home.
Your account will be specific to the branch where you opened it.  You can still do business at other branches, but any management of your account - like changing an address - has to be done at your branch.  So, get their business card.  The ideal situation would be to get the employer to pay you in US dollars so you can avoid having an account there.  You ought to ask for that up front.

While living in Canada, remember that merchants don't accept your debit card unless it is an Interac card from a Canadian bank.  BUT, your Visa Check Card or MasterMoneyCard work like a credit card too - without the transaction fee.  You also get the best exchange rate this way.  If you MUST exchange cash, do it ONLY at a BANK!!!  You will surely get ripped off anywhere else.  Your American ATM card WILL work in the ATM's in Canada (they call them ABM's).

This isn't something you want to do just because you can.  It is difficult, frustrating, and expensive to work in Canada.  If they make it worth your while, take the job.  But the money isn't likely to be that good.  So, the only reasons to work there are if they pay a LOT, if you can't get enough work elsewhere, or if you want to live there. (but you can never immigrate to Canada on a Work Permit.  You have to leave and come back on an immigrant visa)  Like Jim, many Americans who work in Canada do it because they have married Canadians.  This is a life choice - not an alternative to working at Limerick.  But, you may get some work that is during the "off-season" in the US.  If that is the case, I recommend trying it at least once if you can.  Just don't be disappointed if you decide to work at Darlington instead of a US plant and find that there is a lot less money in your pocket because of it.  They don't work as much OT as we do - even during outages - and they don't have to pay OT until after 44 hours in a week.  But, their outages are much longer.  The people are terrific to work with.  It is a VERY different environment.  Drug testing is unconstitutional.  You will wear a lot of plastic and suck a lot of rubber.  You'll take a lot of showers at work.  You will learn how stupid and unnecessary the $1 bill has become.
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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #9 on: Aug 23, 2008, 11:38 »
For those of you who are thinking of long-term work in Canada, you will want to immigrate.  To do this, you may or may not have a job offer in hand.  Qualifying to immigrate is based on a point system.  Things like having a job offer, being a skilled worker or a professional add points.  Having proficiency in English, French, or both gives more points based on your level of ability to read, write, listen and speak in each.  Having family in Canada helps too.
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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #10 on: Aug 25, 2008, 12:38 »
BC,

Excellent and accurate information!!  I oversimplifyed things a wee bit as I can only work from my experiences with working  in Canada.  I will say that the pay has really come up due to exchange rates though.  OT rules for contractors differ from "house" temps for sure.  Most outages are now running 50 days, give or take a bit, with contractors only being onsite for 30 days at best.  If you can hire in as an OPG temp. you can go a little longer.  One thing to consider is the cost of living while here.  Everything, gas included, costs ~20% or more here plus the 13% taxes you pay on purchases etc.  In the long run it is a great place to work, just not for everyone.

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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #11 on: Sep 24, 2010, 05:36 »
Hi all, this is my first post on here, so go easy !
My wife and I emigrated to Canada as Permanent Residents in February 2010.
I've got 23 years experience working in the UK nuclear industry as a Health Physics Monitor(Rad Tech/Surveyor).
I resigned from my job in the UK as we were emigrating.
But I'm struggling to get a start in Canada.
I did do an interview with a Canadian company in March for a Rad Surveyor post.
I did the interview, passed a maths test and all my background/security checks were ok.
But this company has put a block on all external recruitment - with no expectation that they are going to recruit externally anytime soon. They didn't get back to me with any feedback, I had to keep calling/emailing to find out what the hold-up was. I feel like we've been let down, as I've been waiting around for many months for them to get me started.
So I've been applying for any relevant RP/Health & Safety jobs that have been advertised by other companies.
But with no contacts at these companies nobody seems interested.
We've waited patiently for 4 years to get to Canada as PRs and are really frustrated by this situation.
I just want to get started, work hard and get some cash coming in.
I've plenty of experience in RP, conventional Health & Safety and project work that I could put to good use in Canada.
Any advice or help/contacts that anyone can give will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your time. :(

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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #12 on: Sep 24, 2010, 07:13 »
Your best bet is to keep checking the websites for the utilities in your area, in Ontario I would check www.opg.com or www.brucepower.com, and see what they have for openings.  Otherwise it can be difficult to get in....
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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #13 on: Sep 24, 2010, 11:50 »
Thanks stormgoalie.
I'm already checking the websites of: OPG, BrucePower, AECL, SNC Lavalin, NB Power, NWMO, CNSC, Radsafe Canada, etc, everyday and applying for everything that is relevant to RP or Health & Safety.
So far I'm getting no response.
So I've just started applying to any employer(non-nuke as well) for any work in health & safety, projects.
We're in Ontario at the moment but probably gonna have to relocate elsewhere in Canada just to be able to get a start and generate some income.
Jobs in nuclear in Canada seem very hard to attain.
I'm thinking we maybe should've looked at emigrating to the good ol' USA !

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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #14 on: Sep 24, 2010, 12:52 »
Good luck! Took me a year to get in where I am when I came up here from the USA.
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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #15 on: Sep 24, 2010, 01:04 »
You might also want to consider taking a non-RP job with one of the nuclear utilities in Canada just to get your foot in the door with them.  You can always do a transfer later over to RP when the position comes available, especially with your RP background.  good luck
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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #16 on: Sep 24, 2010, 02:40 »
Don't forget to check with the contract companies. The Canadian companies sometimes hire US contractors to supplement their work force. Often a US plant will hire contractors they've worked with in the past to fill "house" positions so the contractor route could make sense as a form of job interview.

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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #17 on: Sep 27, 2010, 08:32 »
Thanks for your comments guys and for the good wishes too.
I'll keep plugging away at it.
Other than Radsafe Canada, which contract companies in Canada employ RP staff ?

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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #18 on: Mar 15, 2011, 10:10 »
Saw your post here, not sure if you are still looking or even still in the area but if you are still trying I did notice one name missing from your list of employers that you had been trying to get work with. The Power Worker's Union (PWU) does hire (from time to time) groups of contract workers who are hired by the various stations in Ontario. 


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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #19 on: Aug 24, 2018, 03:33 »
I was wondering about the jobs I see BHI post for transportation specialists.  Does anyone know what a fully US qualified with DOT certs person needs to do to be able to go make shipments in Canada?  Thanks!

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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #20 on: Aug 27, 2018, 06:34 »
In addition to DOT certs, you would likely need IATA training (good for 2 yrs vs DOT 3 yr)
Most of the world uses IATA regs.
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Re: Info on RP/HP work in Canada
« Reply #21 on: Aug 27, 2018, 10:30 »
I was wondering about the jobs I see BHI post for transportation specialists.  Does anyone know what a fully US qualified with DOT certs person needs to do to be able to go make shipments in Canada?  Thanks!

For more details contact Lethea Davis, 800-225-0385 x1393, she handles all of BHI's Canadian RP & RP type staffing.

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