The Canadian government has approved the applications of LMO (Labor Market Opinion) to let the hockey coaches come to the country through ‘Temporary Foreign worker’ program also known as TFM program.
In 2013, the federal government had approved the employment of ‘professional stick-handling instructor’, ‘conditioning coach’ and ‘assistant strength and conditioning coach’. LMO has also approved ‘strength and conditioning coach’ in 2012, whereas ‘Conditioning Coach’ an ‘Athletics Coach/Strength have been approved for hiring in 2011. ‘Strength and Conditioning Coach/Manager’ and a ‘Guest Hockey Instructor’ were hired in 2010.
According to the immigration law of Canada, pro athletes are exempted from the requirement of getting a work permit. However, coaches belonging to the countries that allow employing Canadian coaches reciprocally are an exception to the rule. The online statistics has revealed that 80,000 overseas workers have entered Canada through LMO in 2012.
A spokesman from ‘Hockey Canada’ has said it would not actively help or assist the coaches or the team to pass through the TFM program or immigration system.