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Hiring From Abroad: Immigration and Employment Matters for a Globally Mobile Workplace

Sharaf Sultan
Heenan Blaikie
Rhonda Shirreff
Heenan Blaikie
Emily Shepard
Heenan Blaikie
Thursday, May 8, 2014
7:45 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
Seminar Summary

The number of temporary foreign workers in Canada has skyrocketed over the last several years. Employers across Canada are now hiring more than 200,000 foreigners a year to work with their companies on a temporary basis and there are over 500,000 temporary foreign workers in Canada at any given time. Temporary work permits provide excellent opportunities for desired employees to secure permanent residency. 

At the same time, the rules and regulations surrounding the hiring of temporary foreign workers have become increasingly complex as have the consequences for non-compliance with the rules. Furthermore, human rights legislation in Ontario and across Canada has increasingly focused on foreign workers and their status, including the terms of their employment.  

In this seminar, we will provide a comprehensive review of the employment, immigration and human rights law relating to the hiring of foreign workers, including a discussion on:

  • An update on the immigration rules relating to the hiring of temporary foreign workers
  • Recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the rules of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
  • Key employment law issues in the hiring of foreign workers including:
    • Recruitment, hiring and termination considerations
    • How to design relocation agreements and policies
  • Human rights law and hiring of foreign workers
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