Labour Market Impact Assessments- Prevailing Wage

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In order to obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessments, an employer must commit to paying a prospective foreign worker at least the prevailing wage for an occupation in a geographic area.  The prevailing wage is set by Employment and Skills Development Canada (“ESDC“)/Service Canada.  It is a very strict requirement, and Service Canada officers … Read More

Several LMIA Changes Taking Effect April 30, 2015

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The Ministry of Employment and Social Development (“ESDC”) has announced that there will be several changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”) that will take effect on April 30, 2015. The changes are: Implementation of new High and Low-wage Streams Updating the Provincial / Territorial Median Hourly Wages Increasing Worker Protections Modifying the Method … Read More

Government of Canada Overhauls the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

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On June 20, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) and the Ministry of Economic and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”) announced significant reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”).  The changes will affect all employers of Temporary Foreign Workers (“TFWs”) in Canada.  Many of the changes take effect immediately, with the remainder being phased in … Read More

Ministerial Instructions – Revoking, Suspending, and Refusing to Process Work Permits and Labour Market Opinions

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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 … Read More

LMO Q&A: Employer Doesn’t Have Business License OPS/BE-004

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During a consultation last month, a foreign worker and an employer told me that the employer was interested in obtaining a Labour Market Opinion to continue employing the foreign worker.  The employer, however, did not have a business license, and for various reasons refused to obtain one.  The employer wanted to know whether Service Canada … Read More

LMO Q&A: Discrimination to obtain a Labour Market Opinion OPS/BE-003

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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 … Read More

LMO Q&A: Who Can Be the Employer Contact? (OPS/BE-001)

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My decision to publish e-mail exchanges between immigration representatives and Citizenship and Immigration Canada which I received through Access to Information Act requests has been met very favourably by blog readers. I am now expanding this to internal correspondence between Temporary Foreign Worker Program officers at Service Canada and Business Expertise Consultants. The following is an exchange … Read More

Question & Answer – Renewing IEC Work Permit (IR-08)

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The following is an e-mail exchange between an immigration representative and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) regarding International Experience Canada (the “IEC”).  The IEC, more commonly known as the Working Holiday Program (which is actually a program within the IEC), allows young people from several dozen countries to work in Canada on open work permits.  … Read More

Five Things I hope Jason Kenney Brings to the HRSDC Temporary Foreign Worker Program

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On July 15, 2013, Prime Minister Stephen Harper shuffled his cabinet.  From an immigration perspective, the important changes are: Steven Blaney replaces a retiring Vic Toews as the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Chris Alexander replaces Jason Kenney as the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Jason Kenney replaces Diane Finley as the Minister of Employment and … Read More

Labour Market Opinions for Large Scale Franchisees

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The document below is a Service Canada internal bulletin (the “Bulletin“). The Bulletin provides guidance to Service Canada officers regarding the processing of Labour Market Opinions from large scale franchisees seeking NOC C & D positions.  It was written in 2009, and although much of the requirements contained within now apply to all employers, however, the Bulletin … Read More