Canada Aquarium Information|
Aquarium Professionals Group Installs Aquariums in Canada
Unless you're seeking a very large or highly specialized
aquarium (3,500 liters and up), if you live or work in a large
city in Canada you will be best served by seeking the services
of a local aquarium company. However, if you live in a more rural area to which
local aquarium companies are unwilling to travel, are planning a very
large residential or commercial aquarium, or you're seeking a highly-specialized
aquarium such as a Jelly tank or an aquarium aboard a yacht, Aquarium
Professionals Group will be happy to serve your aquarium needs.
Please note that
while we'll be happy to submit a bid in advance, you must actually attempt to
find a company in Canada to install your aquarium before accepting our bid. The
Canadian government needs to ensure we are not taking a job away from a Canadian
firm. You may read more about this below.
Please submit a bid request here. Nous avons le personnel qui parle franšais.
Canadian Department of Human
Resources and Skills Requirements
Human Resources and Skills Canada is charged with the responsibility of
protecting Canadian jobs from foreign competition. The Canadian government requires any foreign companies wishing to perform
work in Canada to first contact Human Resources and Skills Canada for a
favorable Labor Market Opinion. If we are issued a favorable LMO, we can proceed
with the work and will be issued a temporary work visa. If not, we can not do
The first step is to request a
bid from us. After you receive our bid, you must attempt to find a company
in Canada who will do the work for you. If you are unable to locate a company in Canada to
serve you and would like Aquarium Professionals
Group to install your aquarium, we'll require at least three month's notice, a non-refundable payment to
retain a Canadian labor market lawyer and some documentation from you. The law
retainer may range from $500.00 US to $1,200.00 US depending on your location in
Canada and the nature of the work.
To install an aquarium in Canada, Aquarium Professionals Group must first
provide evidence to the government of Canada that there is no Canadian firm
which can do the job we would do. As part of that evidence, we will need a
letter from you stating that: 1) you have tried to find a Canadian source
qualified to install your
aquarium, 2) you failed to locate such a source, and 3) you have invited Aquarium
Professionals Group to do the job. In the letter, you'll also need to provide a list of
Canadian companies (with contact information), which you've contacted but have turned the job
down or were found unqualified. If you disqualified a company, you'll need to
explain why you feel they are not qualified to do the work (lack of experience
or proper insurance, etc).
We then submit your letter along with our own documentation to a Canadian law firm
specializing in labor market cases. You will pay their retainer and any
associated legal fees or filing fees required by the Canadian government. The law firm
will plead our case for us. Human Resources and Skills Canada will then consider
the evidence and either issue a favorable or unfavorable LMO. Note that we will
only file an application by hiring a Canada law firm. While it may be more
expensive, it has been our experience
that applications filed and pleaded by law firms have the greatest chance of
Please note that the job price alone is not considered to be a legitimate reason
to reject a Canadian firm's bid. Even if our quotation is the lowest, a
qualified Canadian company will be favored over Aquarium Professionals Group in
any Human Resources and Skills Canada decision.
While there are no guarantees we will be permitted to do the job, our
experience has shown that for large commercial jobs, jobs in rural locations
where there are no large aquarium sources, or for very large or
highly-specialized aquariums, we usually can obtain a favorable LMO within one to three months.
Types of Aquariums We Can Install in Canada
Please note that Canadian government has banned the importation of
natural decorative coral (coral skeletons) into Canada. Marine fish-only
aquariums must therefore be decorated either with live rock or artificial coral.
Other than that one limitation, Aquarium Professionals Group can install any
type of aquarium you wish provided desired species are available from Canadian
sources. Fortunately Canada has many sources for aquarium life and species availability
is similar to that found in the United States.
Fees, Taxes, Customs and Duties
Aquarium Professionals Group does not include any estimation of fees, licenses,
taxes or duties imposed by national, provincial or local governments in our
quotations. Payment of any and all government fees, licenses, taxes or duties
are the responsibility of and must be paid directly by the aquarium owner when
they are due. Whenever possible, we attempt to obtain materials locally to avoid