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Here is why immigration to Canada will be driven by employers

This week, I had the opportunity to write this op-ed column in the Winnipeg Free Press on how the Canadian immigration system will make it easier for skilled trades and persons with Canadian work experience to immigrate here. While the new changes target certain skilled individuals, the overall thrust of the Canadian immigration system of the 2010s … Continue reading

Why your company’s LMO application may become a public document

In the last few weeks, a case between HD Mining and the Construction and Specialized Workers’ Union has been brewing. The final results of this case will go a long way in determining who has the right to make representations to the government on Labour Market Opinion applications that may have been issued incorrectly. If the court decisions that … Continue reading

Does your company offer top-up benefits for maternity and parental leave? If yes, you should note that temporary foreign workers whose work permits have expired will no longer get paid by EI

Earlier this month, the government of Canada announced that only individuals with valid SIN numbers would be eligible for Employment Insurance benefits for maternity leave, parental leave or compassionate care. What this means is that temporary foreign workers who may have paid into the EI system cannot avail themselves of these benefits once their legal entitlement to work … Continue reading

How Manitoba’s business immigration program can be fixed

On Wednesday, the Winnipeg Free Press ran an article on Manitoba’s failing business immigration program. Today, I chipped in my suggestion in a Free Press Op-Ed on how to fix the business immigration program. Manitoba’s business immigration systems suffers from two things: Long immigration processing times that do not reflect the reality of doing business; and A … Continue reading

How to support unemployed Canadians and also call for an increase in foreign workers

An article in the Winnipeg Free Press today cited a CIBC report that asks the question of whether Canada is bringing in foreign workers while ignoring unemployed Canadians. The report from the CIBC finds that high-demand positions in Canada are remaining vacant while lower-skilled workers suffer from higher unemployment. According to the CIBC, occupations in sectors such as health … Continue reading