Temporary Work Permits

NAFTA Work Permit Provisions to Carry over to United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA)

Posted in Business Visitor, Featured, International Mobility Program, Temporary Work Permits on Oct 03, 2018

On September 30 2018, the governments of Canada, the USA, and Mexico announced agreement in principle on the provisions of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, or USMCA. While the USMCA is not yet implemented and the provisions of NAFTA currently remain in place, the expectation is that USMCA will replace NAFTA once the agreement is signed by the three nations and once it is ratified by the three governments involved. There therefore remains the possibility that the USMCA is further revised or is not implemented at all.

As it stands, the immigration provisions included in NAFTA have been...

Changes to Medical Examination Requirements

Posted in Entry Visa, Temporary Work Permits on Nov 28, 2017

Work permit applicants who have resided in designated countries are required to undergo immigration medical examinations (IME) when seeking admission for greater than six months or in cases in which the work is in direct contact with the Canadian public (e.g., teachers, nurses, etc.). The government of Canada has recently revised the list of designated countries.

Those residing in the following countries within the 12 months prior to a work permit application are no longer IME exempt:

- Fiji

- Singapore

- Timor-Leste (previously not listed as a separate country)

- Tunisia

The following countri...

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Posted in Business Visitor, International Mobility Program, Temporary Work Permits on Sep 26, 2017

The Government of Canada has implemented new cross-border employment provisions under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. Under CETA, new provisions for work in Canada are enacted for the following categories:

1. Business Visitors;

2. Business Visitors for Investment Purposes;

3. Investors;

4. Independent Professionals;

5. Contractual Service Providers;

6. Intra-Corporate Transferees;

7. Spouses of Intra-Corporate Transferees.  

Business Visitors and Business Visitors for Investment Purposes

Although CETA defines new categories of Business Visitors, c...

Changes to Labour Market Impact Assessment Recruiting Requirements (UPDATED)

Posted in Featured, Labour Market Impact Assessment, Temporary Work Permits on Jul 28, 2017

Employment and Social Development Canada has announced a number of changes the requirements for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications submitted on or after August 28th, 2017. As Such recruiting efforts must generally run for four weeks, any new recruiting effort should consider these requirements.

The changes are as follows:

1. Mandatory Use of National Job Bank: Provinces such as BC, Saskatchewan, and Quebec have provincial employment portals. In the past, LMIAs based on positions in these provinces were required to used these provincial Job Banks instead of the national one. Th...

Work Permit Exemptions and Facilitation under the Global Skills Strategy

Posted in International Mobility Program, Labour Market Impact Assessment, Labour Mobility, Temporary Work Permits on Jun 15, 2017

The Government of Canada has announced the details of the newly implemented Global Skills Strategy (GSS). The GSS is an effort involving two departments that work separately on the admission of foreign nationals to work in Canada, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). IRCC is offering work permit exemptions to certain classes of short term work in Canada and two-week (10 business day) processing of certain classes of work permit applications through a Dedicated Service Channel; ESDC is offering a new stream of application in the...

Labour Market Impact Assessment Wage Classification Changes

Posted in Labour Market Impact Assessment, Temporary Work Permits on Apr 07, 2017

The Government of Canada has announced changes to the regional (province or territory) median wages that will be used to determine application classifications as of April 29 2017. Work in Canada at or above the median wage are subject to applications through the High-Wage Stream, whereas occupations below that figure are subject to the Low-Wage Stream and therefore caps on the number of allowable foreign workers.

On average, there is an increase of 31 cents per hour across the country. The specific breakdown of increase/decrease and the median wage as of April 29 are stated below:

Alberta: +$0...

Global Skills Strategy Program

Posted in Business Visitor, Entry Visa, Featured, International Mobility Program, Permanent Resident, Temporary Work Permits on Mar 14, 2017

The Government of Canada has announced that it anticipates launching its Global Skills Strategy program to facilitate the admission of high-skill foreign workers on June 12 2017. The program, which targets quickly-growing Canadian companies in need of global talent to accelerate progress and investment, and for foreign companies making significant financial investment into Canada, relocating operations to Canada, or developing production facilities in Canada.

For companies that are eligible, the program will establish a dedicated processing channel to decrease work permit and/or visa processin...

Clarification of Provisions for Fishing Guides on Border Lakes

Posted in Labour Market Impact Assessment, Temporary Work Permits on Mar 09, 2017

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada has published clarification concerning admissibility and work permit issuance for fishing guides on border lakes between Canada and the USA. Such guides do not fall under the NAFTA Treaty, but are instead categorized under provisions allowing for the creation and maintenance of reciprocal employment opportunities for Canadians.

Based on the assumption that Canadian fishing guides working on border lakes are allowed similar facilitation, Canada allows for the issuance of seasonal work permits to US fishing guides working on border lakes (i.e., lakes t...

New LMIA Advertising Requirements

Posted in Labour Market Impact Assessment, Temporary Work Permits on Jan 18, 2017

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has modified the advertising requirements needed to demonstrate a satisfactory recruiting effort for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications. Newly added requirements are the inclusion of the language needed to do the work and the inclusion of incremental raises, performance pay or bonuses in the wages offered for the position.

The 2014 overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program made the use of languages other than English or French (i.e., the official languages of Canada) more restrictive. Those changes demanded a detailed rati...

Elimination of Four Year Work Permit Limit

Posted in Labour Market Impact Assessment, Labour Mobility, Temporary Work Permits on Dec 14, 2016

The Government of Canada has today announced that the four year cumulative duration limitation to certain classes of work permit has been eliminated. These provisions of cumulative duration would previously preclude the extension of most NOC B, C, and D (those occupations other than Senior Management and Professionals) to a maximum total stay of four years in Canada with a work permit, after which the individual would have to be absent for a period of 48 months before being able to receive a work permit once more.

The removal of this limitation means that any occupation is now eligible for ong...