IRCC launches Global Skills Strategy to aid in hiring highly skilled workers outside of Canada

July 09, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Andres Miguel Pareja

The Canadian government recognizes that when companies can thrive and grow, they create more jobs. In an attempt to help innovative companies grow, flourish, and create jobs for Canadians, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched the new Global Skills Strategy on June 12. This program gives employers a faster and more predictable process for attracting highly trained and skilled workers to Canada.

There are three components of the program that are relevant for employers: a work permit exemption for certain workers, fast processing of certain work permit applications, and the Global Talent Stream managed by Service Canada.

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Foreign Employee Working at Canadian Affiliate Entitled to Large Severance

September 20, 2010 0 COMMENTS

By Bruce Grist and Derek Knoechel

The transfer of employees from foreign-based companies to Canadian-based affiliates is an increasingly common feature of the Canadian labor market. Many employers are familiar with the often complicated process of obtaining the necessary work permits for such employees at the beginning of the transfer. However, ending the relationship between the transferred employee and the Canadian-based employer can present its own challenges. Some of these challenges are illustrated by the British Columbia Supreme Court’s recent decision in Nishina v. Azuma Foods (Canada) Co., Ltd.

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Obtaining a Work Permit in Canada: The Simplified Process

March 22, 2010 1 COMMENTS

By Ingrid Anton and Isabelle Dongier

In our January 4 article, we discussed the usual process for getting a work permit for a foreign employee entering Canada: obtaining a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). The LMO process can be complex, lengthy, and very demanding for employers. Fortunately, several exemptions exist that can provide you with a much faster, simpler process. Let’s have a look at the most common of these LMO exemptions.

Intra-company transfers
This exemption is for workers who are being transferred to a Canadian parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate of their American or other foreign employer. Two types of workers are covered by this exemption: executives/senior managers and employees who possess specialized knowledge.

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Obtaining a Work Permit in Canada: The Labour Market Opinion Process

January 04, 2010 2 COMMENTS

By Ingrid Anton and Isabelle Dongier

As we mentioned in a November article, most foreign workers require a work permit to legally work in Canada. And to get a work permit for a foreign worker, the prospective Canadian employer must first obtain a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (also referred to as Service Canada). Although some workers may benefit from an LMO exemption, this article focuses on LMOs – what are they, who needs one, and how they’re obtained.

What is a Labour Market Opinion?
A positive LMO confirms that the employment of a foreign individual in Canada won’t have a negative impact on the Canadian labor market – the foreign worker won’t be taking work away from Canadians. The LMO is not a work permit. It’s a prerequisite to obtaining a work permit.

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