After nearly three years of hard work and lobbying, our CCA government relations committee is excited to report the following, newly created Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt permit category for staff working at camps: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/temp/work/unique/camp.asp
All foreign workers who wish to secure a temporary work permit as a camp counsellor should be processed under this recently created category.
You may also find it useful to review information on the web-pages listed below. These resources are included as links in the new camp counsellor work permit policy and they provide additional information regarding potential work permit fee exemptions for international camp staff and employers utilizing this new category:
The process of securing this policy has been a major undertaking and these new guidelines will pave the way for addressing our future needs for foreign camp staff. It will also support our ability to continue to create high-quality, diverse staffing teams as well as develop camp communities that encourage the exchange of cultures. We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the many government policy makers who listened to our case, believed in our cause and helped guide and support us through this hard fought endeavour. The following MP’s, Ministers and their respective office support teams went above and beyond to help with this initiative and advocate on our behalf:
Minister Ahmed D. Hussen and previous Minister John McCallum, MP Michael Levitt, MP Anthony Rota, Roland Parris – previous Senior Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, MP Marco Mendicino, MP David Graham, MP Anthony Housefather, MP Jamie Schmale, MP Ralph Goodale, MP Rodger Cuzner and Minister Patty Hajdu.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to Mark Diamond and Jonathan Nyquist who co-led this initiative, as well as the following members of our Association who dedicated a substantial amount of time on this matter: Barb Gray, Jonathan Pivnick, Adam Kronick, Sol Birenbaum, Leon Muszynski, Craig Perlmutter, Stephane Richard and Mike Sladden.
We also appreciate the efforts of our very competent lobbying company, Tactix, for their exceptionally skillful guidance and support throughout this process.
If you have any questions regarding the exemption then please feel free to reach out directly to Jonathan Nyquist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care and happy camping!
Service Canada will facilitate a webinar on March 25th from 1-2 pm eastern. They will address specific questions for those camps wanting to bring in foreign workers but are not eligible to utilize the charitable or religiously affiliated LMIA process. You are also welcome to join if you are just interested in hearing the information being provided.
Anyone who is interested in participating in this webinar is to contact Jill Dundas at email@example.com no later than 11:00 am Eastern time on March 25th. All details for the webinar will be provided to those respondents as soon as received from Service Canada.
We apologize for the short time line with this opportunity.
Hi CCA Membership,
We wanted to get in touch with a short-term, significant change to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
The government has recently announced a new ’employer compliance fee’ of $230 and a new required pre-application process for any organization that hires staff through an LMIA exemption. This includes camps who hire foreign workers through the Religious or Charitable LMIA Exempt work permit. Please refer to the following notice for further details: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2015-02-09.asp.
Despite our best efforts to connect with the government on this, we do not know if this fee will be per individual worker or just per employer. The fee does not come into effect until February 21st, 2015 and so your camp may want to submit your foreign worker applications before that time. The actual LMIA exempt work permit itself, that a foreign worker will pick up at the border/airport, is still fee-exempt.
By contacting the email addresses below (depending on where you are located), you will be able to receive the application information required to submit an assessment of your eligibility for the LMIA exemption.
Toronto (serving Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut)
Toronto Temporary Foreign Worker Unit
Montreal (serving Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador)
Montreal Temporary Foreign Worker Unit
The CCA government lobbying team will be back in Ottawa on February 20th to address this issue as well as continue to develop short and long term solutions for our industry. In the mean time, if we hear any definitive news on the $230 fee that does not make this action so pressing, we will be sure to let you know!
We may need your support in contacting the government regarding this matter, but we recommend waiting until further information is provided following next week’s meeting.