Program Related Costs


RECOVERABLE COSTS: to be deducted from the workers pay

 

MEXICO

Transportation Recoverable Cost

Starting the first full day of employment calculate 10% of the gross earnings per pay period and retain that amount as a recoverable cost to you towards transportation.  Do not exceed the 2021 maximum of $560.00 for Toronto routes and $567.00 for Ottawa routes.

MEXICO EXTENDED HEALTH DEDUCTION

The extended health coverage for Mexican workers is paid by the worker. Employers are requested to deduct $1.05 per day seven (7) days a week from the workers pay. The insuring company is Great West Life Assurance Company and Cowan Group is the Broker. Employers are required to pay the full invoiced amount and recover only that amount equal to the workers duration of employment.  IF any plus/minus dollar difference exists at the end of the employment period the Employer and Cowan Group will manage this between each.

Other Recoverable Cost for Mexico & Caribbean

A deduction for Other Recoverable Costs towards utilities is set at $2.36 per working day. A working day for the purpose of this deduction is to be such that a WORKER completes a minimum of four (4) hours of work in a given day. Said deductions withheld under this provision is to be made for the current pay period only.

CARIBBEAN – INCLUDES BARBADOS, EASTERN CARIBBEAN, JAMAICA AND TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

2021 Transportation Recoverable Cost:
Province Maximum Transportation Recoverable Cost Deduction – NEW Method to Calculate  Route
Toronto $476.00 10% of gross earnings per pay Caribbean/Toronto/Caribbean
Ottawa $478.00 10% of gross earnings per pay Caribbean/Toronto/Ottawa/Toronto/Caribbean

NON-RECOVERABLE COSTS

ONTARIO F.A.R.M.S. ADMINISTRATION FEE

The F.A.R.M.S. administration fee of $45.00 + HST per worker arrival, or worker transfer is not a recoverable cost, therefore cannot be deducted from wages. Administration Fees must be received at the F.A.R.M.S. office before the order will be sent to the supply country.  Administration fees are a processing fee and are not refundable.

RECOGNITION PAYMENT

The amount of $4.00 per week to a maximum of $128.00 shall be paid every year to WORKERS with 5 or more consecutive years of employment with the same EMPLOYER, payable at the completion of the contract. This payment is subject to the applicable government tax deductions

In the case of Mexican workers, the recognition payment applies only where provincial vacation pay is not applicable.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

This is not a recoverable cost, therefore cannot be deducted from wages.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Employers are not authorized (as per Employment Standards) to make “ANY” payroll deductions other than those governed by the Province of Ontario or the Mexican / Caribbean contracts.