Getting foreign workers into Canada

By Sergio Karas
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/31/2005

Getting a foreign worker into Canada can be a bit like wandering through a bureaucratic minefield.

The Immigration and Refugee Protect Act and its regulations have been in effect since June 28, 2002, and provide more flexibility to hire foreign workers than previous immigration legislation.

But employers should plan carefully to avoid the pitfalls that plague the system, including understanding who can work in Canada and for how long, delays at visa processing posts overseas and compliance with Human Resources Skills Development Canada’s (HRSDC) requirements for obtaining labour market opinions.