Requirements for Employment
Applicants must meet all of the following requirements to be considered for employment.
Canadian citizen or landed immigrant. Candidates must currently be eligible to work in Canada.
As English is the international language of the ports, all candidates must be proficient at speaking and writing English.
Minimum corrected visual acuity: better eye 6/12 (20/40)
No greater than 40 dB loss average across 500 to 3000 KHz.
The applicant must pass a comprehensive medical exam
Applicant must be 17 years of age or older.
The applicant must be able to complete an industry related physical fitness test.
The applicant may be required to submit to a Transport Canada background security check and clearance. This must be maintained as a condition of employment.
In addition to the above requirements, applications are reviewed for suitability based on criteria which is pre-determined by port needs and in consultation with the International Longshore Workers Union. Full details of the application process and selection criteria will be detailed within the job posting at the time of recruitment.
All selected candidates are required to successfully complete aptitude and physical testing detailed below to ensure their capability for Longshore work.
Safety Orientation Program (SOP)
The Safety Orientation Program (SOP) provides candidates with the basic safety knowledge required by waterfront workers, such as:
Candidates must successfully complete a written test at the end of the orientation to ensure their understanding and knowledge retention of the materials covered.
The final portion of the recruitment testing process deals with physical requirements of waterfront labour. New longshore workers start their careers as labourers doing container lashing and unlashing, or handling cargo such as steel, logs, or bulk commodities. In order to perform these tasks, a minimum level of physical capability is required. Candidates are evaluated on a combination of time and performance based criteria after a classroom and field orientation and an opportunity to practise before the testing takes place.
**Please note: candidates are required to complete a medical examination prior to the physical testing stage deeming them fit to participate in the testing and future longshore work. The BCMEA will provide an examination form to be completed by your GP at your own expense.
Candidates who successfully pass both the written and physical portions of the testing receive basic labour training in the areas of logs, steel, container lashing bulk or break bulk, depending on the primary cargoes being handled by the terminals in their area. Successful completion of this training qualifies the workers to be dispatched as casual labour.
These skills represent heavy equipment operation, inventory management, and other industrial and shipping-oriented occupations.
The BCMEA also offer apprenticeship opportunities to current employees in the areas of Heavy Duty Mechanics, Electrician and Millwrights.