In response to the increasing number of businesses moving all or part of their operations to Canada, Gowling WLG has launched a dedicated Relocation Services Group specifically aimed at guiding clients through the regulatory, financial and logistical complexities of establishing an on-the-ground presence in the Canadian market.
Comprising professionals with broad legal expertise in immigration, employment, real estate, tax & accounting, and general corporate law services, the new initiative effectively serves as a "one-stop-shop" for all Canadian relocation needs.
"With its stable government and financial systems, Canada is considered a safe haven for business and investment - particularly in the real estate market. As a result, foreign corporations looking to expand their operations and investments have taken notice," said Joel Camley, leader of Gowling WLG's Real Estate Group in Canada. "Our new Relocation Services Group harnesses the combined resources of several of our firm's top practices to help clients from around the world move their operations and employees to Canada as seamlessly as possible."
Gowling WLG's relocation services team can assist clients at every stage of their move, from negotiating commercial leases and advising on Canadian employment standards to guiding businesses through Canada's tax regime.
"Canada's pro-immigration policies are attractive to companies seeking to locate or grow their facilities here," said Bill MacGregor, partner and leader of Gowling WLG's Immigration Group in Canada. "For example, Canada offers work permit options and a clear path to permanent residency for skilled workers. These prospects can be attractive to U.S.-based businesses concerned with questions surrounding the H-1B work visa program or about transitioning temporary workers to permanent status."
Corporations across a wide range of sectors have already realized the advantages of moving their operations to Canada - and have engaged the full-service support of Gowling WLG to do so.
"Canada is a world leader in technology and innovation, with a number of our major cities serving as prominent tech hubs. The Relocation Services Group is our way of helping established tech companies and other businesses benefit from Canada's rich technology landscape," added Viona Duncan, leader of Gowling WLG's Tech Group in Canada.
With offices in Canada's commercial centres of Toronto, Waterloo Region, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver, and strong connections with the service providers businesses need to facilitate their transition, Gowling WLG is well-positioned to support relocations of every scope and across diverse sectors.