On December 27, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC“) and the Ministry of Economic and Social Development (“Service Canada“) released Ministerial Instructions regarding the revocation of work permits and Labour Market Opinions (“LMOs“), now called Labour Market Impact Assessments (“LMIAs“). The Ministerial Instructions will allow the Government of Canada to rapidly respond to economic developments by immediately reducing the intake of foreign workers, will increase program integrity, and create uncertainty for Canadian businesses.
These are the first Ministerial Instructions to be issued by Service Canada since the Government of Canada amended s. 30 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (“IRPA“) in the first 2013 Budget Implementation Act. Section 30 of IRPA now reads:
Work and study in Canada
30. (1) A foreign national may not work or study in Canada unless authorized to do so under this Act.
(1.1) An officer may, on application, authorize a foreign national to work or study in Canada if the foreign national meets the conditions set out in the regulations.
(1.2) Despite subsection (1.1), the officer shall refuse to authorize the foreign national to work in Canada if, in the officer’s opinion, public policy considerations that are specified in the instructions given by the Minister justify such a refusal.
Concurrence of second officer
(1.3) In applying subsection (1.2), any refusal to give authorization to work in Canada requires the concurrence of a second officer.
(1.4) The instructions referred to in subsection (1.2) shall prescribe public policy considerations that aim to protect foreign nationals who are at risk of being subjected to humiliating or degrading treatment, including sexual exploitation.
Revocation of work permit
(1.41) An officer may revoke a work permit if,Read more ›
When reviewing internal Service Canada correspondence, I came across this interesting exchange between a Service Canada officer and a Business Expertise Consultant (“BEC”). The issue involves a Labour Market Opinion application where a daycare employer told a Service Canada officer that she did not hire a qualified Canadian candidate because he was a male. The BEC said that a Labour Market Opinion could not be issued because such gender discrimination was contrary to the BC Human Rights Code
Please note that what I have reproduced below should not be viewed as legal advice. I obtained a copy of this internal Service Canada question and answer through an Access to Information Act request (the “ATI”). The reproduction of question and answer has not occurred with the affiliation of the Government of Canada, nor with the endorsement of the Government of Canada. (I have decided not to reproduce the names of the Service Canada officers involved.) Please e-mail me if you want a copy of the original question and answer contained in the ATI.
Daycare facility with 2 female employees and 10 children. When asked results of recruitement, ER stated she interviewed 6 candidates. Most wanted part time positions, one did not pass interview, one came in 30m late for interview, one was male and ER said she does not feel comfortable hiring male employees. She prefers having female workers and believes female children would feel more comfortable having female caretakers; especially in incidences where they need help with going to the bathroom.
The employer has indicated she is uncomfortable to hire male employees for the position.
Is it appropriate to exclude men?
Can an employer discriminate based on gender?
If she had a qualified male to do the job,Read more ›
On July 31, 2013, the Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada (“Service Canada“) introduced changes to the Labour Market Opinion (“LMO“) process which took affect immediately. Today’s changes, as well as previous, recent ones, greatly increase the burden for companies applying for LMOs. Today’s changes were comprehensive. We have provided a broad overview of the changes below, however, we encourage you to contact us, or check the website below, for further details.
LMO Application Fees
Effective July 31, 2013, employers applying for LMOs must pay a processing fee of $275.00 for each position requested. The total payment must reflect the number of Temporary Foreign Workers (“TFW“) positions requested on the LMO application (e.g. $275 x number of positions = total payment). For example, a company requesting a bulk LMO for 25 positions will be required to pay a processing fee of $6,875.00.
Employers who wish to increase the number of positions requested on a LMO application must submit a new LMO application for these positions, with the required documents and fees.
There will be no refund in the event of a negative LMO or if the application is withdrawn or cancelled. Reconsideration requests will also require the submitting of new application forms and fees.
New Advertising Requirements
The period that employers must advertise positions domestically before applying for LMOs is being increased from two weeks to four weeks. As well, advertisements must continue to run during Service Canada’s processing of the LMO application.
In addition to advertising on the national Job Bank website or the equivalent provincial/territorial website, employers must prove they have used at least two other recruitment methods that are consistent with the practices for the occupation. If hiring for a high-skilled position,Read more ›
In August 2011 Teresa Woo-Paw, the Alberta Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Employment and Immigration released a report titled Impact of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program on the Labour Market in Alberta. The main thrust of the report was that Alberta’s workforce is projected to be 77,000 workers short between 2002 and 2012, with overall demand outpacing supply from 2015, and that Alberta should implement, and the Government of Canada should facilitate, Alberta implementing a program to attract labour through immigration to address the labour shortage. The report contained numerous recommendations, some of which were accepted by the Alberta government.
The Political Back and Forth Between Jason Kenney and the Government of Alberta
In response to the report, Thomas Lukaszuk, Alberta’s Minister of Employment and Immigration, recently urged the federal government to remove the annual caps on the number of provincial nominees.
The Brooks Bulletin recently reported on Jason Kenney’s, the federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, response. According to the Brooks Bulletin, he stated:
It would almost result in doubling national immigration levels to Canada when 80 per cent of Canadians are saying immigration levels are already high enough or are too high.
I think they are totally disconnected from reality on that.
To be honest with you there’s a tension between the need to keep this a Canada-first program and the need to facilitate filling positions in an efficient way. We can’t just open up the rules willy-nilly. There has to be some reasonable rules in the program that ensures Canadians are getting the first crack [at jobs].
Although Jason Kenney is probably correct in noting that removing the provincial nomination quotas would result in a dramatic increase in immigration levels,Read more ›
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