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Attention Construction Workers: Canada Wants You

On December 10, 2012, the Federal Government announced a new Federal Skilled Trades Program. This program is designed specifically to address the acute labour shortages that Canada is facing for qualified tradespeople. According to the Canadian construction industry, Canada will need approximately 320,000 new tradespeople by 2020 and BC will need approximately 61,500 of those workers. There are currently not enough Canadians available to fill all…

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The Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Controversy Caused by Chinese Miners

Over the past few weeks, a lot of questions have been asked about how a mining company operating in British Columbia was able to obtain over 200 work permits for temporary foreign workers from China. It has been reported that approximately 17 miners from China have already arrived and another 60 are expected to arrive in December. The mine, located…

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Doug Cannon Interviewed by the Victoria Times Colonist Regarding New Refugee Laws

Doug Cannon, one of the founding partners of Elgin, Cannon & Associates, was recently interviewed by Katie Derosa from the Victoria Times Colonist regarding Canada's new refugee laws. Ms. Derosa's article provides a very insightful view of Canada's new laws and it questions the federal governments true intentions behind enacting this legislation. According to the federal government, the new refugee laws,…

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Canadian Government Announces Expansion of the Canadian Experience Class

On October 31, 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that the Canadian Government is expanding the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). This is welcome news for Canada’s labour market because the CEC program ensures that highly skilled workers with Canadian work experience remain in the country.   First introduced in 2008, the CEC program allows international students and…

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