New Restrictions For Hiring Foreign Models Hits Canadian Fashion Industry

It may cost a lot more to hire models for Canadian model management firms.

From a report in the CBC, it states that new restrictions on foreign workers in Canada have added very expensive restrictions to agencies looking to fill campaigns and photo shoots.

Canadian retailers, modelling agencies, photographers and hundreds of other members of the fashion industry are calling on the federal government to expedite applications to bring in foreign models and eliminate the $1,000 fee employers must pay for every foreign worker they hire.

The report states that Alecia Bell, president of Toronto’s Elite Model Management, one of the world’s most prestigious modelling agencies, says she recently lost a contract worth $300,000 due to delays created by the changes, and fears the new rules will put more Canadian jobs at risk.

A second client recently told Bell it sees the $1,000 fee per foreign worker as “cost-prohibitive.” Coupled with the delays in obtaining work permits, the client told her it will take a $500,000 shoot to New York at the end of August because it can’t risk losing the foreign models it needs.

Bell, backed by over 150 members of the fashion industry, has requested an urgent meeting with Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. She has also written to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.

For more on the story, click here to go to CBC’s report.

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