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Global Mobility Services

Helping organizations manage the complex tax, planning, operational, and strategic aspects of deploying an international workforce.

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The Global Mobility Services team helps domestic and international organizations of all sizes that deploy an international workforce, ranging from frequent business travellers to those on more formal assignments lasting 3-5 years.

We advise on worldwide compliance with employees’ individual and payroll reporting, immigration and tax filing requirements, and provide advice on how to mitigate corporate tax risks created by an international workforce. We develop global mobility strategies which support our clients’ business objectives. We offer technology solutions that facilitate our clients’ ability to stay compliant in their business operations.

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How can we help?

The way people and organizations work and move around the world has changed beyond recognition. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and influence how we do business and the way we work. The impact on mobile employees and their employers is tremendous. Now more than ever it’s clear global mobility teams play a strategic role within organizations, adding real value to the business. It’s an exciting time as we embrace the opportunity to shape the future of mobility.

Our Global Mobility Services practice helps domestic and international organizations of all sizes that deploy an international workforce, ranging from virtual work arrangements and business travellers to traditional assignments.

We advise on worldwide compliance with employees’ individual and payroll reporting, immigration and tax filing requirements, and we provide advice on how to mitigate corporate tax risks created by an international workforce. We develop global mobility strategies that support our clients’ business objectives. We offer technology solutions that facilitate our clients’ ability to stay compliant in their business operations.

Overview

Tax services

Our global mobility services teams across Canada have both Canadian and US tax capabilities and can advise and assist with your tax compliance matters.

Global mobility strategy consulting

We build tailored people and organization solutions to help our clients achieve strategic ambitions—reflecting their uniqueness but also grounded in rigorous analysis and data-driven insight—to create lasting differentiated value.

Technology

Our technology team is on a journey with our clients to develop and implement technology that supports their global mobility function and business strategy.

Reward

Our reward team can help with areas from design to implementation of incentive reward plans, while also considering the impact to your globally mobile population.

Managed services

Our managed services offering reduces time, effort and the need to recruit, retain and upskill specialized global mobility talent, allowing companies to redeploy budgets and people to strategic business initiatives.

Cross-border private clients

Our cross-border private client team is here to help you understand and plan your affairs so you have a tax-efficient plan both in Canada and in the United States.

Global payroll services

Our global payroll services team helps employers manage their payroll compliance and processing obligations.

PwC Law LLP immigration practice

Our immigration practice offers a broad range of Canadian, US and global immigration services from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

Tax services

Mobility is changing and more organizations are moving people—and in more fluid ways. Do you know where your people are and what they’re doing?

We can help you achieve compliance when it comes to your globally mobile workforce. From identifying, quantifying and tracking business travellers to ensuring a smooth tax return compliance process for full globally mobile populations, we partner with our clients to find the right end-to-end solution that fits their needs and strategy. 

PwC Canada has both Canadian and US tax compliance service capabilities. We have a network of more than 7,000 dedicated global mobility specialists working together to coordinate worldwide practice management.

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Global mobility strategy consulting

Assignee populations and related program costs have soared in recent years due to significant global economic growth. The strategic importance of an effective and modern globally mobile workforce has never been greater. The challenge? Many organizations struggle with how to manage cost-reduction mandates while supporting global business growth objectives and keeping and rewarding their top performers.

Now could be the time to perform an assignee inventory and review your mobility program performance. These reviews can help you develop an end-to-end mobility strategy that addresses all the facets of globalization affecting human capital in your organization.

Our services include:

  • Policy review, design and benchmarking
  • Alignment of program objectives with business objectives
  • Comprehensive solutions for managing a global mobility program
  • Due diligence and planning for new location set-up
  • Training programs for internal teams to educate on global mobility implications
  • HR risk assessment and governance checking
  • Mergers and acquisition (M&A) integration
  • Custom tools for assignees, human resources (HR) and finance, as well as business managers

Technology

The tools we use to deliver market-leading mobility services

myMobility is a global online portal with real-time access to compliance status and sophisticated data analytics capability that will be your corporate technology interface. With organizations operating in a number of countries, having access to detailed compliance statistics, program costs, tax settlement status and other key data whenever needed enables you to continuously monitor the performance of the program.

Online calendar

This allows employees to quickly and easily track their work days throughout the year and includes a speed-fill function for their convenience. A single calendar used by travellers and assignees means that only one calendar needs to be completed by your employees.

Multi-web browser and system support

It’s designed to work with all mainstream browsers on mobile platforms and computers. This seamless integration ensures employees are able to access the assignee interface, myTaxes, at home, on the go or in the office.

Multi-territory and language support

This is available in 83 countries and is available in a number of languages.

One global online tax questionnaire

We’ve created a single global questionnaire that can accommodate any country-specific questions, while collecting the more general details of the assignees’ circumstances. This means your assignees are only ever asked a question once. We believe your assignees should be able to complete their tax questionnaire in a way that suits them. Your assignees won’t be forced to answer the questions in any particular order, and none of the questions will be set as mandatory.

Delegation functionality

The ability to delegate to a supporting user is invaluable for senior assignees when updating details of their travel movements and completing basic data entry tasks. This frees up the assignee to provide only the critical personal data we need.

Reward

Make your reward and compensation strategy truly strategic

Compensation and reward programs must do more than just drive your business. The disclosure and governance rules regarding executive compensation and incentive plans are now more complicated, putting your organization under closer scrutiny. We can help you develop market-driven total compensation programs that meet employee and executive expectations while satisfying governance and outside review.

The challenge

Achieving optimal tax and accounting results for an incentive compensation program can be difficult. Competing needs of interested parties must be considered and balanced.

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How we can help

We can improve your organization locally and internationally in the way you reward your employee efforts. We can help:

  • Determine a long-term reward and compensation strategy in line with your corporate strategy
  • Design your reward and compensation programs to complement each other and drive corporate performance
  • Align your compensation and reward programs with your business objectives to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace
  • Structure equitable, competitive, clear and administratively simple compensation and reward programs
  • Administer your reward programs 
  • Communicate the value of your compensation and reward programs to your employees

Managed services

With the rise of increasingly complex regulations and more diverse types of mobile workers, HR teams and global mobility program managers are both resource constrained and expected to drive greater value at a lower cost—and often struggle to balance operational and strategic activities. As a result, many are seeking external support to manage their mobility programs. Our managed services offering reduces time, effort and the need to recruit, retain and upskill specialized global mobility talent, allowing companies to redeploy budgets and people to strategic business initiatives.

Flexible and scalable approach

Benefits to your organization:

  • Varying levels of mobility support available from fully managed services to “as-needed” onsite support

  • A streamlined process with clear responsibilities and handoffs

  • Focus on an enhanced employee and company experience

  • Consistent global process with embedded best practices

  • Automation to drive a streamlined process

  • Single platform, myMobility, to manage all mobility, tax, social security and immigration-related matters globally

  • Analytics/visualizations to provide reliable and actionable insights

  • Connected ecosystem for vendor consolidation

  • Continuous enhancements to simplify the mobility function

  • Tightly connected PwC network: 8,100 mobility specialists in 150+ countries

  • Talent optimization—the right talent in the right place at the right price

  • Best-in-class talent subject to PwC continuous learning/upskilling requirements

  • Integrated teams with global program management, tax, social security, immigration and employment law experience

  • Successful track record of teaming with business stakeholders to support corporate objectives

Cross-border private clients

Tax planning for cross-border families

Thanks to our long and friendly relationship with our neighbour to the south, it’s tough to find a family without some kind of US connection. Whether you’re a dual citizen or have children living in the United States, you’ll need to consider your exposure to the US tax regime every time you undertake tax planning. Failure to do so can result in significant unexpected tax and penalty exposure.

The US income, estate and gift tax regimes add complexity to tax planning for these families. Increased vigilance by the United States and new and enhanced reporting rules are making it more difficult to comply with the foreign reporting requirements on both sides of the border.

Our GTA Cross-Border Private Client Team is here to help you understand and plan your affairs so you have a tax-efficient plan here and in the United States.

How we can help

We can improve your organization locally and internationally in the way you reward your employee efforts.

We can help with:

  • shareholder planning
  • personal tax returns

  • US corporate tax planning

  • estate and gift tax planning

  • US immigration

  • US voluntary disclosure

Global payroll services

An employer’s remuneration expense is often its largest cost. It encompasses wages and benefits paid to employees, employment and payroll taxes and other statutory costs paid to authorities, as well as the expense of administering the entire process. 

Our Employment Tax and Global Payroll Solutions practice takes a proactive and global approach to the often “neglected” costs associated with remunerating a global workforce. We can work together with you to help your organization increase the efficiencies and manage the risks inherent in your global payroll functions.

Benefits of our approach

  • Tailored solutions to meet your specific global payroll needs

  • Customizable technology tools designed to automate the collection and reporting of global payroll functions

  • Effective payroll service delivery models that minimize inefficiencies and cost leakages

  • Assisting you to ensure good governance and oversight, thus reducing risks and minimizing potential liabilities

How we can help

Our team is made up of specialists who are able to support employers with:

  • Global payroll compliance

  • Non-resident employer certification

  • Tax authority payroll audit navigation

  • Expatriate payroll consulting

  • Internal payroll system reviews

  • Federal, provincial and other payroll tax compliance reviews

  • Employee benefits analysis

  • Technology solutions to automate the collection of compensation data, track employee travel and calculate in real time the withholding tax and social security arising on option exercise, share vest or cash bonus payments for all locations where an employee lived or worked

PwC Law LLP immigration practice

Who we are. Local presence. Global reach.

PwC Law LLP’s immigration practice has over 20 years of experience specializing in Canadian, US and global immigration law. PwC Law LLP is a member of PwC’s global immigration network, which is made up of over 1,500 immigration lawyers and specialists spanning more than 150 countries worldwide—making it the largest in-house immigration service provider in the world. We can support your immigration needs in any country, at any time.

How we can help

As one of the leading immigration law practices worldwide, PwC Law LLP has a proven track record in conducting immigration compliance reviews and risk assessments for a range of clients across all sectors. These clients include companies we work with on a routine basis, as well as those who use other providers or undertake the work in-house. By virtue of our 20 years of immigration experience and our specialized expertise in compliance, we’re uniquely positioned to advise on immigration risk management issues.

Our immigration lawyers can provide you with expert counsel if your company needs help with understanding immigration compliance obligations, developing tracking systems or drafting global immigration policies. This includes strategic planning, audits of your existing practices and assessments of your potential risk exposure.

Our service offerings include:

  • Conducting compliance audits of existing foreign worker files and status documents

  • Conducting risk assessments of immigration programs to identify process gaps, redundancies and compliance concerns

  • Reviewing current practices and developing recommendations to manage your short-term business travellers

  • Advising on the development of immigration and global immigration policies, including policies relating to the recruitment, relocation and overall employment of foreign workers

  • Recommending compliance controls and systems like record management procedures and tracking processes

  • Providing support in the course of government-led compliance reviews and site visits

  • Developing immigration compliance training and awareness programs

  • Tracking inbound and outbound employee mobility

  • Training your immigration stakeholders to raise awareness of immigration risk management best practices

  • Providing legal counsel in the context of mergers, acquisitions and other corporate restructuring transactions

  • Helping with obtaining a wide range of immigration status documents

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Kim White, CPA, CA

Kim White, CPA, CA

Partner, National Global Mobility Services Leader, PwC Canada

Tel: +1 416 869 2662

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