HR and Labour
Changes to Immigration Legislation
The Government of Canada introduced changes to work permits for international students, making
The increased flexibility offered by the expanded program will benefit graduates and employers alike as the program will help international students get important work experience while responding to
Impact Study on Work Stoppages
Minister Blackburn launches study on causes
and impacts of work stoppages
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, March 6, 2008 — The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced the launch of a focused study to examine the causes and impacts of work stoppages in the federally regulated private sector.
A 2005 international comparison of labour disputes by countries of the OECD found that from 1996 to 2005, Canada ranked first amongst G7 countries in the number of person days per worker lost due to labour disputes.
"Time lost to strikes and lockouts is an issue that concerns me because of its impact on Canadians and the economy," said Minister Blackburn. "When a long lockout or strike occurs, there are no winners."
The study aims to indentify the underlying causes of work stoppages.
Peter Annis, LL.B., Doctorate (France), an expert in industrial relations, has been appointed to lead this study. Mr. Annis will consult with unions and employers and submit a report to the Minister of Labour with recommendations on how to reduce the risk, frequency and duration of work stoppages in the federal private sector.
"Given the wide experience of Mr. Annis in mediation and arbitration, I am pleased he has agreed to undertake this important study," said Minister Blackburn.
Information on the Labour Program is available at labour.gc.ca
ILWU Collective Agreement Ratified
On Tuesday, February 19th the BCMEA Board of Directors held a meeting and also approved the new Collective Agreement, on behalf of the member companies, completing the final step in the ratification of a new three year Collective Agreement. The new Collective Agreement is retroactively effective April 1, 2007, except for new casual B-Board benefits which become effective April 1, 2008. The Agreement will expire March 31, 2010.Vancouver - Local 500 Rejected
New West - Local 502 Approved
Prince Rupert - Local 505 Approved
Vancouver Island - Local 508 Approved