The work environment at Simon Fraser University was very safe.
Safety was the top priority for the employer.
Culture was very friendly and accomodative
The vibe is ultra upbeat and I find a lot of students utilize the labs to do homework assignments very accessible and the staff for accommodating with the temperature in the meeting rooms...spot on...Hiy Hiy for all that SFU does.
Depending on the person's status in Canada, with any work permit, study permit at SFU, or permanent residency, sure they could, but otherwise they would need to get one of those permits.
For a PhD student you send e-mails to professors you are interested in working for. They decide whether to take you mostly based on recommendation, academic record, and research interests.