Avoiding Frostbite: A Primer on Canadian Employment, Immigration and Labour Laws

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Introduction: While Canada and the United States share very close bilateral ties, and there are many similarities in our governance and laws, there are also some very distinct and important differences that are relevant to cross-border business. One key difference exists in attracting, managing and retaining employees in Canada. Any company contemplating business north of the border should be made aware of these very significant considerations.

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Introduction.... 1

Immigration .... 1

Employment .... 3

Conclusion .... 5

Contact Us .... 5

Excerpt From Work Permits Under Immigration:

WORK PERMITS -

Usually work permits will be issued for periods ranging from a few months to three years. Renewals are available in appropriate circumstances. Certain classes of persons (known as “business visitors”) carrying on certain types of limited business activities, do not require a work permit. Such persons include the following:

• individuals coming into Canada to purchase goods for their country or corporation carrying on business outside of Canada, including individuals coming to Canada for the purpose of acquiring training or familiarization with the goods or services purchased;

• representatives of a foreign business or government coming to Canada for the purpose of selling goods, but not directly to members of the public.

In most other cases, where a work permit will be required, a visa officer located outside of Canada processing such an application must consider the opinion of a foreign worker officer at a Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (“HRSDC”) office in the province where the employment is to take place.

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