Small business supports Premiers' commitment to labour mobility in Canada

    OTTAWA, July 17 /CNW/ - In response to news that the Council of the
Federation has reached an agreement on labour mobility in Canada, the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business offers its support and congratulations.
    "Labour shortages continue to be a major challenge for the small business
community in Canada. This is an important part of the solution. Why shouldn't
a welder, dental hygienist or day care worker be able to work seamlessly
throughout our country?" said Garth Whyte, CFIB's Executive Vice-President.
CFIB has been part of a national business coalition that has been advancing
the importance of reducing trade barriers in Canada.
    This announcement appears to follow the model in the B.C./Alberta Trade,
Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA). Although it focuses only on
barriers to labour mobility, this is still a vital first step to breaking down
interprovincial trade barriers across the country. If it is implemented in the
same way as TILMA, a wide range of occupations will no longer have to face
additional certification, examination or residency requirements in order to
work in a different province or territory. To put this announcement in
context, TILMA lists 23 pages of occupations where certification rules need to
be harmonized.
    "Premiers Ed Stelmach and Gordon Campbell deserve credit for pushing this
approach across the country," Whyte added.
    "This is great news for both employees and employers. For employees, it
will increase opportunities for work and eliminate costly and time-consuming
recertification efforts for those who choose to move to another province or
territory. And for employers, it will make it easier to find labour and
ultimately reduce costs."

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