The changing world of the relocation specialist

Immigration law, benefits and tax expertise, labour force mobility management — the profession is growing more complex as it matures
By Stephen Cryne
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/09/2004

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t’s 6:30 Sunday evening, when Judy gets the call in the middle of a family dinner. A frantic executive stuck at the Canada-U.S. border is being grilled about the purpose of her business visit to the United States. The changes in entry requirements and overall tightening of the border between Canada and the U.S. have further complicated an increasingly complex world for Judy, a Canadian Employee Relocation Professional (CERP). Judy eases the executive’s fears and reminds her of the additional paperwork prepared by the company’s immigration lawyers that will help resolve the issue.

Judy is just one of the hundreds of relocation professionals across Canada who provide their companies with the advice and expertise needed to ensure a smooth assignment of personnel. Whether it’s across Canada or around the world, the issues are the same — how do you ensure a smooth transition for the employee, often with an accompanying family, while maintaining operational service levels and minimizing costs?