Once again, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei cannot become involved in any case, conduct an investigation, or act as lawyer or mediator in any personal, legal or contractual problems experienced by Canadian citizens. It cannot investigate, certify or vouch for prospective employers. It is up to each individual to evaluate any employment offer before signing a contract.
The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei can, however, assist Canadians in a variety of ways. It offers notarial services for documents required to process your application for a visa or residence permit. It also furnishes Canadian passport renewal services and consular assistance to Canadians in difficulties. It can give you the telephone numbers of various Taiwanese government agencies. If you do find yourself in need of legal advice, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei can provide you with a list of lawyers and law firms; however, it is unable to recommend any specific lawyer from this list, and the choice of legal representation must be your own decision. Canadian Trade Office personnel will attempt to respond to all your questions or complaints. Finally, it is advisable for all Canadian citizens in Taiwan to register with the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei. Information contained in your registration form is used to contact you if an emergency or crisis situation arises, or if your family or friends urgently need to get in touch with you. Registration is voluntary, and the information you provide is protected and used in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act. Canadians can also register on-line at: www.voyage.gc.ca/main/sos/rocapage-en.asp
If you have any further questions about teaching English in Taiwan, please contact the Consular Affairs Bureau at 1-800-267-6788 (in Canada and the U.S.) or (613) 944-6788.