Employer group supports changes to interprovincial labour mobility

    TORONTO, July 23 /CNW/ - The Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC)
- Canada's only organization devoted to advancing the interests and issues for
workforce mobility - today voiced its support of The Council of the
Federation's announced agreement that opens the door to full labour mobility
within Canada by the summer of 2009.
    CERC Executive Vice President Stephen Cryne said, "We are pleased to see
the premiers have finally taken decisive action on an issue that is vital to
Canada's economic future. While it is long overdue, this agreement is good for
the provinces and certainly good news for employers who are experiencing
labour shortage in many areas and sectors of the economy. Employers have been
lobbying governments at all levels to address these long standing restrictions
on labour mobility."
    The proposed changes will level the playing field as Canada competes with
other modern economies for increasingly scarce sources of skilled labour.
Skilled immigrants looking to enter Canada have been deterred not only by an
overburdened immigration system, but also by the inability to move freely for
employment within Canada when they arrive.
    If implemented the agreement will mirror what has proven to be the highly
successful Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) in place
between B.C. and Alberta. Under that agreement there is recognition of
credentials and training between the provinces in many occupations. Quebec is
also in discussions with France for an open mobility agreement that would see
a plumber licensed in France being able to ply her trade in Quebec.
    Statistics Canada reports that some 563,000 Canadians moved to a
different province or territory between 2001 and 2006.
    According to Cryne, "This announcement is one more step in addressing
Canada's future labour shortages, which are expected to become even more acute
within the very near future. The challenge now," said Cryne, "will be getting
the over 400 regulatory and licensing bodies on the same page to develop the
national frameworks needed to make this work by the 2009 deadline."

    The Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC) represents the interests
of leading organizations across Canada that relocate their employees for
employment purposes.

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For further information: MEDIA CONTACTS: CERC: Leah Sangster, (416)

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