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Andy Morin
Obtaining international work
on Jun 14, 2011 at 4:40:00 pm

I'm looking for some insight on the legal procedure of getting production work in another country. In my particular case, living in Buffalo, NY I see work available in Toronto all the time but want to organize myself before chasing it.
Any Advice?

Thanks in advance!

Andy Morin


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Max Kaiser
Re: Obtaining international work
on Jun 14, 2011 at 7:32:47 pm

Working up in Bellingham, WA, next to Vancouver, I'd love to find this out as well...

Max

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Chuck Pullen
Re: Obtaining international work
on Jun 15, 2011 at 2:30:30 pm

I’ve heard that it is actually quite hard to get work in Canada. When a Canadian entity hires you for a project, the government asks why it is that they need to bring in a foreigner to work for them, and they have to prove that you can provide a service that no other Canadian can do. That sounds tricky to pull off…

Now that may be for an actual position and not for occasional per diem work or contract work, but I’m not sure.

Chuck


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Walter Soyka
Re: Obtaining international work
on Jun 16, 2011 at 2:47:49 pm

[Chuck Pullen] "I’ve heard that it is actually quite hard to get work in Canada. When a Canadian entity hires you for a project, the government asks why it is that they need to bring in a foreigner to work for them, and they have to prove that you can provide a service that no other Canadian can do. That sounds tricky to pull off… Now that may be for an actual position and not for occasional per diem work or contract work, but I’m not sure."

That's been my experience, too, for contract work. We had a big travel & logistics company handling all the paperwork.

I think the easiest way to get work in Canada is to become Canadian.

Walter Soyka
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Jason Jenkins
Re: Obtaining international work
on Jun 16, 2011 at 9:40:21 pm

[Walter Soyka] "I think the easiest way to get work in Canada is to become Canadian."

AFAIK, the only requirement is throwing in "eh" at the end of every sentence.

Jason Jenkins
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Mick Haensler
Re: Obtaining international work
on Jun 16, 2011 at 10:54:34 pm

The legal aspects can also be tied to distribution. If it's for international release or is for a US based company like A&E it can be a little easier. I did a week long shoot for A&E last year in the states but the production company came from Canada. I got paid through a US based payroll firm. Don't know if this would apply to your situation though

Mick Haensler
Higher Ground Media


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Max Kaiser
Re: Obtaining international work
on Jun 16, 2011 at 11:02:04 pm

Yes, Mick, I was wondering about that. We're looking at being hired by company, as an incorporated company - not an individual. Does that make a difference? The show would be a Canadian show, but maybe it has international legs, not sure...

Max

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