September 5, 2013

New LMO processing fee could hurt small concert venues

Posted by Fabiola Arevalo - Bellissimo Law Group PC

More than 68,000 people have signed a petition asking Employment, Social Development and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney to exempt musicians from the new $275 that came into effect on July 31.

All international musicians hired to play at a bar, pub or restaurant in Canada must apply for a work permit application which costs $150 and their “employer” usually the venue or promoter must now pay $275 for a labour market opinion for each musician. “It seems like they’re trying to shut the door on culture… the money will quickly add up when a promoter has to shell out an extra $275 for every band member” said Doherty, who runs a website that allows people to influence the music scene in the city.

Alexandra Fortier, a spokeswoman from Kenney’s office said, “The reasoning behind the fee is simple: taxpayers shouldn’t pay the cost for employers to bring temporary foreign workers. Previously taxpayers were paying the entire processing cost.”

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