Category Archives: Immigration Law

Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence: Abolishing the Conditional Permanent Residence Provision and the Next Steps

Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence: Abolishing the Conditional Permanent Residence Provision and the Next Steps Arden Mathieson Summer Law Clerk Edmonton Community Legal Centre Prior to April 28, 2017, immigrants to Canada under the spousal sponsorship program had to live … Continue reading

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Government Announces Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The ECLC provides assistance to low-income temporary foreign workers (TFWs) with a variety of legal issues, including employment standards, residential tenancy matters, small claims, debt, human rights, and of course, immigration. On June 20, 2014 Jason Kenney (Minister of Employment … Continue reading

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Moratorium on the Issuance of Labour Market Opinions for Food Services Sector Occupations

On April 24, 2014, the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Jason Kenney, issued a statement “announcing an immediate moratorium on the Food Services Sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program” in response to the media frenzy … Continue reading

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Protecting the Vulnerable from Unscrupulous Recruiters: Alberta’s Employment Agency Business Licensing Regulation

In her May 30, 2012 post, my colleague, Tiffany Stokes, referred to new rules being implemented by the Government of Alberta, which may work to curtail illegal recruitment of temporary foreign workers (TFWs). These new rules – formally known as … Continue reading

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Class Action Certified and Other TFW News

On March 5, 2012, the British Columbia Supreme Court certified a class action lawsuit involving current and former temporary foreign workers for Denny’s Restaurants in the case of  Dominguez v. Northland Properties Corporation, 2012 BCSC 328 (CanLII). There are approximately … Continue reading

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“Bait and Switch”: Requiring Employers to Pay Temporary Foreign Workers the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) Wage Rates

Many of the Clients of the ECLC are Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) who are in “low-skilled” (and therefore low-paying) positions.  Unfortunately, these individuals often find themselves in difficult situations because they are vulnerable on multiple levels: they are low-income, English … Continue reading

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