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  • Employer Certification – Nova Scotia and Manitoba

    In 2009, the province of Manitoba implemented the Worker Recruitment and Protection Act (WRAPA), which was intended to aid in the protection of temporary foreign workers in Canada. One of the provisions of WRAPA is that any employer engaged in the recruitment of foreign workers destined for that province must register and receive certification. If the […]

    Date Posted: October 10, 2013 Posted In: Labour Market Opinion
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  • Revisions to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

    Recent controversy over one of Canada’s largest banks’ inappropriate use of the temporary foreign worker program is having further fallout. Yesterday, Canada’s  Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism yesterday announced the following immediate and future modifications to the program: Immediate removal of previously implemented provisions allowing wage flexibility, thereby requiring […]

    Date Posted: April 30, 2013 Posted In: Labour Market Opinion
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  • Revisions to Recruiting Requirements for Labour Market Opinions

    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) has recently revised its recruiting requirements for all occupations. This revisions falls close on the heels of a recent controversy involving this agency and one of Canada’s biggest banks (acting in its capacity as one of Canada’s larger employers). At this time, the revisions serve to more precisely […]

    Date Posted: April 24, 2013 Posted In: Labour Market Opinion
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  • Proposed Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

    Naomi Alboim, an adjunct professor at Queen’s University’s School of Policy Studies, recently stated that Canada is experiencing ‘unprecedented’ changes to immigration policy, and there is more recent evidence to support this. On the heels of the 2011 revision to the legislation governing temporary foreign workers in Canada, the Minister has recently announced that upcoming rules […]

    Date Posted: March 26, 2013 Posted In: Labour Market Opinion,Temporary Work Permits
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  • Agricultural Stream Labour Market Opinions

    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada today announced changes to the Agricultural Stream of the Pilot Project for Occupations Requiring Lower Levels of Formal Training. The program, now referred to simply as the Agricultural Stream, was formerly limited to lower skilled (NOC C, D) primary agricultural occupations in specific commodities (see below), the program has been expanded […]

    Date Posted: July 31, 2012 Posted In: Labour Market Opinion
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  • Changes to Labour Market Opinion Wage Requirements

    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) has introduced improvements to the Foreign Worker Program that removes some of the previous rigidity concerning wage requirements of foreign worker applications. Historically, employers seeking the admission of a foreign worker via a Labour Market Opinion were required to pay a prevailing wage, which represents the average wage […]

    Date Posted: May 24, 2012 Posted In: Labour Market Opinion
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  • Accelerated Labour Market Opinion

    HRSDC and Service Canada have enacted a program allowing for the accelerated processing of certain Labour Market Opinion applications. The program, entitled the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion (A-LMO) Initiative, allows eligible employers (excluding those in the province of Quebec at present) seeking the admission of higher skill workers (i.e., National Occupational Classification (NOC) levels 0 […]

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  • Quebec Terminates IT Worker Program

    Effective February 24 2012, the province of Quebec has terminated the Facilitated Processing of Information Technology Workers program. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will continue to process Quebec-destined cases in which a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec had been issued by this date. At present, candidates applying for new work permits or renewals of work permits for […]

    Date Posted: February 25, 2012 Posted In: Temporary Work Permits
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  • Facilitated Processing of IT Workers Visa Program Terminated in BC

    Effective for cases submitted on January 1 2012 and thereafter, work in the province of British Columbia is no longer subject to the Facilitated Processing of Information Technology Workers Program. Other than Quebec, all other provinces in Canada terminated the same program in September 2010. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will therefore require Labour Market Opinions […]

    Date Posted: January 12, 2012 Posted In: Labour Market Opinion,Temporary Work Permits
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  • Removal of Name in Labour Market Opinion

    Due to privacy concerns, Service Canada (HRSDC) Labour Market Opinion (LMO) Confirmations and Annexes will no longer necessarily carry the name of the foreign worker approved therein. In some cases, where privacy concerns are not an issue, officials may include the name of the foreign worker in the notes in the case, this is not […]

    Date Posted: June 05, 2011 Posted In: Labour Market Opinion
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