I would like to fill a position utilizing a hiring grant. Hiring grants apply for Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents or Refugees. In this context, can I ask what is the candidate’s status in Canada?
Tricky. Asking about citizenship and immigration status is risky, even when it bears directly on the applicant’s qualifications for the job. I think the way I would handle it is to just restate what you just told me about the requirements for the position and ask the candidate if he/she is qualified on the basis of that information. It’s pretty indirect, I know, but it avoids the need to ask a direct question about citizenship/residency/refugee status.