Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a cost for being placed with Winters?
No. Winters works on your behalf to place you with some of Canada’s most admired companies – at no charge to you. To get started, complete your profile on winterstaffing.com or visit the Winters office closest to you.
What types of positions are available for me?
Winters offers permanent, temporary, and temporary to permanent employment opportunities for a wide range of skill sets and in a variety of industries. To search current opportunities now, please visit winterstaffing.com
What is the job placement process?
We remain alert to job opportunities in all the areas we serve – both immediate and future hiring needs. If your skills and your interests fit the types of positions we place, we’ll invite you to go through different screening steps, including a thorough interview. This information helps us better match you to companies that seek your skills and background and opportunities that fit your career goals. Once we find an assignment for you, we’ll make certain you’re thoroughly prepared for on the job success.
Can I search for jobs myself?
What do I need to do after I submitted my resume or applied for a job?
Winters highest priority is to put talented people like you to work. If your skills are a match for our client’s needs, your Winters representative will contact you about the next steps. In the meantime, you can continue to browse winterstaffing.com to search the latest job openings. If there’s any update on your experience, contact information, job seeking intention, etc., please e-mail your latest resume so we’ll have the most current information and can place you on the most suitable assignments.
Does Winters continue to support me after I start a job?
If you’re on a temporary assignment as a Winters associate, then yes. While your supervisor at the work site is your resource for daily work-related questions, Winters is your employer and is available to support you if you have any questions or concerns that are HR related. If you’ve been hired for a permanent position through Winters, we’ll support you for 90 days while you transition into your job with your new employer. After that, you should speak with your direct supervisor if you have any questions or concerns.
What do I do when I finish an assignment?
Your Winters representative will be aware of your status, and will continuously work to place you on new assignments. Please let us know if there is any change in your availability, and remember to update your profile on winterstaffing.com to include your recent job experience and any new skills you’ve gained. You can also go to winterstaffing.com to search for current opportunities.
How do I apply to a job posted on-line?
If you’ve found a job you are interested in, click the “Apply Now” button on the right side of your screen. If the opportunity is a good fit for you, a Winters representative will contact you to discuss next steps, which may include a face-to-face interview.
What do I need to do to prepare for my assignment?
Your Winters representative will provide you with all the details needed to prepare you and make you feel comfortable for your assignment, such as a job description, work guidelines, and instructions for your first day. Want to make a great first impression? Get some helpful advice in our Tips & Resources section.
What if I have questions about my assignment?
First, be sure you’ve read, and are comfortable with, the job description provided to you, as well as the policies and procedures outlined in the Employee Guide. If you still have any questions prior to or during your assignment, please contact your Winters representative.
I’ve been placed on assignment. What happens next?
Once you’ve been placed on assignment with Winters, your Winters representative will provide you with required paperwork, including direct deposit as well as information on your assignment, a job description and a copy of the Employee Guide, which includes information on Winters policies and procedures.
What if I need to cancel my assignment?
If there’s any reason you can’t show up to work or need to cancel your assignment, please call or email your Winters representative.
When do I get paid?
Winters weekly payday is Thursday. For your convenience, we offer direct deposit payment, which ensures prompt payment and saves you valuable time.
How does Winters protect my personal information?
I am a self-employed contractor, and have a contract with you. Why do you deduct CPP and EI from my pay?
As a sole proprietor working through a placement / employment agency, your earnings are considered to be both pensionable and insurable. As per CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) guidelines, the agency is required to make deductions for both CPP and EI.)
I have a contract with your agency, so I should not have any deductions at all, and should not be given a T4.
CRA has guidelines for several situations of workers engaged by placement or employment agencies. Even though you as a sole proprietor have a contract with us (the agency), this does not constitute performance of work under a contract for service. Our workers, and our contracts, are to provide services to our clients, where the worker is under the direction and control of the client. As per the previous question, we are required to take deductions for CPP and EI, but not income tax. You are considered to be self-employed for tax purposes, and must be issued a T4 as described below
Will I receive any information slip at the end of the year?
You will be issued a T4 slip for the calendar year. The T4 slip will show the code “11” in box 29. This is CRA’s code for Placement or employment agency workers. T4 Box 24 which is used to report employment income, does not apply, and will be left blank. CRA’s T4 guide says do not report Gross Earnings on line 101 (of personal tax return), but to see Form T2124, which is CRA’s form called Statement of Business Activities. Gross earnings must be reported on the T4 slip, but in Box 81, provided solely to report gross earnings from a placement/employment agency. This provides the distinction between employment earnings and earnings from self-employment.
Why do I receive a T4, instead of a T4A? I am a sole proprietor or self-employed, not an employee.
CRA specifically requires a T4 to issued to workers engaged by placement or employment agencies. The work you perform is both pensionable and insurable. A T4A can not report deductions for CPP and EI.
Will I receive a form T2200 Declaration of Conditions of Employment?
No. This form is for employees who may be eligible to deduct certain expenses paid to earn employment income. Sole proprietors are self-employed individuals, and should deduct business expenses on a CRA form T2124, Statement of Business Activities.
Where can I find more information about CRA requirements for workers engaged by a Placement/Employment agency?
Go the Canada Revenue Agency’s website and browse to the forms and publications section. You can also search for publication number T4001. The publication Employer’s Guide Payroll Deductions and Remittances (T4001) has a section dealing with Placement and employment agency workers. For 2007, this section is in Chapter 8, commencing at the bottom of page 34.
How do I report my income on my tax return?
You are treated as an employee for Ei and CPP purposes but as self-employed for tax purposes. Your income and expenses should be reported using either form T2032 Statement of Professional Activities or form T2124 Statement of Business Activities. Use your T4 slip received from the employment agency to report the CPP and EI deducted on Schedule 1 of your return.
You should be aware that not all accountants and tax services, and not all CRA representatives, are familiar with the special rules applicable to Placement / Employment agency workers. They may not always be aware that you are entitled to claim normal business expenses associated with earning your income. If you are self-employed, it is a good idea to have a professional accountant prepare your tax return. This should be someone who is familiar with the rules for self-employed income. A professional accountant may also assist you with tax planning to minimize your taxes.