Canadian Labour Disputes

Posted by Donna Habsha|Canada Immigration
Aug 13
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Processing of Canadian visa applications continues to be delayed by a labour dispute at Canadian diplomatic posts, while the threat of a separate job action may significantly impede travel through the Vancouver airport this weekend.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada, a union representing workers employed directly by the Vancouver Airport Authority, served a 72-hour strike notice at the airport on August 27, and job action could begin as soon as Friday, August 30. Significant travel delays, including cancelled flights, could occur. Travelers to British Columbia are advised to plan accordingly.

Separately, a labour dispute continues between the Canadian government and the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, the union representing immigration officers who process applications at Canadian visa offices abroad. Negotiations remain stalled, and it is understood that the union will escalate the dispute if not resolved before this fall. It is presumed that visa offices abroad will continue to operate with a limited “essential staff,” but that priority will be given to applications requiring humanitarian and compassionate considerations. Applicants are encouraged to apply for visas as early as possible in light of the continuing delays.


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New Pilot Project for LMO-exempt work permits in Yukon

Aug 13
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The Pilot Project, which is an Annex to the Agreement for Canada-Yukon Cooperation on Immigration, will allow for Labour Market Opinion (LMO)-exempt work permits for occupations destined to the oil, gas, mineral exploration and mining industry or tourism/hospitality industry.

The Pilot Project will run initially for one year, from August 1, 2013, to July 31, 2014.  Yukon employers in those industries must first apply with the Yukon Government if they wish to participate in the Pilot Project.

The Government of Yukon will monitor and evaluate the program over time to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of its implementation and the overall impact on Yukon’s labour market.  This Pilot Project was designed to help employers in industries of a seasonal nature attract qualified individuals who will assist with shortages of skilled workers in the territory, thereby creating opportunities for all Yukon residents.

For more information on this alert or other Canadian or US immigration matters, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP – Immigration Lawyers at 1-800-993-9971 or pwcimmigrationlaw-info@ca.pwc.com.


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International students still waiting for visas to study in Canada

Aug 13
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Strike action commenced on July 29, 2013 is now severely affecting international students waiting for their visas to start their studies in September.  Many students still have no answer and have no idea whether they will receive their visas in time to start with their rest of their class.   Most schools are giving their international students a grace period, usually just until the first week of classes. Otherwise they will be forced to defer enrollment for another academic year.

There are fears that Canada will lose its reputation as a top destination for foreign students.   The good news is that despite the strike action, all applications are still being processed, unfortunately just at a much slower pace.

For more information on this alert or other Canadian or US immigration matters, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP – Immigration Lawyers at 1-800-993-9971 or pwcimmigrationlaw-info@ca.pwc.com.

 

 

 


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Alberta Pilot for Occupation-Specific Work Permits – Extended

Aug 13
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On July 26, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada extended the pilot for Occupation-Specific Work Permits in Alberta. Application deadline has been extended from August 1st, 2013 to July 31st, 2014, thereby extending the participation period for the pilot to July 31st, 2017.

Eligible occupations (with their corresponding 2011 National Occupation Classification code) are as follows:

  • 7252 Steamfitter/pipefitter
  • 7265 Welder; Welder-wire process operator
  • 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanic; Heavy Equipment Technician – Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Off Road)
  • 7321 Heavy Equipment Technician – Transport Trailer Mechanic; Heavy Equipment Technician – Truck and Transport Mechanic
  • 7264 Ironworker; Ironworker – structural/ornamental; Ironworker – reinforcing; Ironworker – metal building systems erector
  • 7311  Millwright and industrial mechanic
  • 7271 Carpenter
  • 2234 Estimator

Under this pilot, Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) applicants who have a job offer in one of the pilot occupations, for a position located in Alberta, are eligible for one of the following:

  • a one-year work permit (WP) that is both occupation-specific and employer-specific (i.e. for foreign nationals who are not certified, but are in possession of a valid AIT Approval letter and a valid job offer), or
  • a two-year occupation-specific OPEN WP (i.e. for foreign nationals certified or recognized as certified by Alberta, who have a valid job offer), or
  • a short-term employer-specific WP issued for the duration authorized by AIT (i.e. this option is for foreign nationals in compulsory skilled trades only and generally does not exceed 90 days). Applicants must have an AIT Authorization letter (instead of the Approval letter).

For more information on this alert or other Canadian or US immigration matters, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP – Immigration Lawyers at 1-800-993-9971 or pwcimmigrationlaw-info@ca.pwc.com. 


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KEY CHANGES ANNOUNCED TO CANADA’S LABOUR MARKET OPINION PROCESS

Aug 13
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On July 31, 2013, Service Canada announced several key changes to Canada’s Labour Market Opinion process. Effective immediately, all companies seeking to apply for a Labour Market Opinion will need to include new application fees, complete updated application forms, as well as provide proof of having met new mandatory advertising requirements. Read the rest of this entry »


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