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As Global Mobility Increases So Does Enforcement Of Immigration And Labour Laws

As global trade increases, so does the movement of labour between jurisdictions.  This is because companies increasingly require skilled labour to support growth in both emerging and high growth markets.  The rising demand for mobile labour is reflected in the rapid increase of global assignees over the past 10 years.  This trend is only expected to continue in the coming…

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Canada – EU Free Trade Agreement: Canada’s Labour Market Continues to Integrate into the Global Marketplace

The federal government announced on Friday, October 18th that Canada and the European Union (“EU”) have come to a “political agreement” on free trade.  The agreement, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”), has been called the most comprehensive free trade agreement ever signed by Canada. The agreement indeed appears highly comprehensive, addressing…

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Yukon Government launches program to expedite the entry of foreign workers

The Yukon Government has just launched a 1 year pilot program aimed at expediting the entry of foreign workers into the Territory.  The Government has specifically promised to work with employers to help them secure foreign labour where they cannot find Canadians or permanent residents to fill the roles. The program will aim to process…

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Rules and Regulations Governing the Hiring of Foreign Workers Tightening

Canada has always been a country characterized by immigration.  While there has been a consistently steady stream of individuals coming from all over the world, what have changed are the avenues available to enter the country. Increasingly immigrants are likely to have first worked in Canada under a temporary work permit.  This is because the…

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Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Not so temporary after all

Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) has come under serious criticism during the past several weeks. The program is being charged with taking jobs away from Canadians and permanent residents, leaving locals unemployed while depressing the wage levels of those who are employed.   The criticism of the program has been both severe and swift.  The…

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