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Volunteering as a firefighter on a TFW Visa

Old Nov 17th 2014, 11:13 am
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Ladies and gents,

I am on a TFW visa and have been accepted onto the fire department as a volunteer. They are unpaid but receive a $1000 bounty annually. Can I still volunteer on my visa as it states no other "employer" on my permit even though the fire dept is entirely volunteer staffed.

Also, does anybody know the best people to clarify this information please.

Thanks in advance,

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Old Nov 17th 2014, 8:39 pm
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Unfortunately I don't think so.

If you look at the regulations, you'll see that CIC definite 'work' (i.e. something that needs a work permit for) as the following:

"Examples of “work” include, but are not limited to:

• a foreign technician coming to repair a machine, or otherwise fulfil a contract, even when they will not be paid directly by the Canadian company for whom they are doing the work;

• self-employment, which could constitute a competitive economic activity such as opening a dry- cleaning shop or fast-food franchise. (A self-employed person may also be considered to be working if they receive a commission or payment for services);

unpaid employment undertaken for the purpose of obtaining work experience, such as an internship or practicum normally done by a student."

Sounds like what you want to do would come under the above, which means that it's defined as 'work' and therefore needs a work permit for it, even if you didn't get the $1000.

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Default Re: Volunteering as a firefighter on a TFW Visa

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Ladies and gents,

I am on a TFW visa and have been accepted onto the fire department as a volunteer. They are unpaid but receive a $1000 bounty annually. Can I still volunteer on my visa as it states no other "employer" on my permit even though the fire dept is entirely volunteer staffed.

Also, does anybody know the best people to clarify this information please.

Thanks in advance,

Jamie
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