Canadians on the move


Results from a recent survey of Canadian businesses about the relocation support employers provide to transferring employees point to an ongoing need to move key talent to drive business success and expand markets.

Within Canada, the western provinces, dominated by natural resources sectors, remain top destinations for domestic moves in the 2015 survey.

For international moves, Europe, the Middle East and China are named by Canadian firms as the top three destinations. Locations that are cited as the most challenging for assignments include the Middle East, Africa, Russia, India, and South America.

It’s a known fact that employee mobility drives economic growth and employment. Employers today are operating in a very competitive and complex global market. In such a climate, getting the right talent in the right place, and at the right time, is key to business success.

The biannual survey, conducted between February and April by the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC), found that talent acquisition and project needs were the top two reasons for employee transfers.

This year, 75 of Canada’s major employers participated in the survey, which provides important relocation policy benchmarking data and tracks industry trends. Just over three-quarters of respondents are headquartered in Canada. A total of 59 organisations in the survey have global operations, and almost half of those (47 per cent) employ more than 10,000 workers.

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