Q. We’re considering hiring a woman from Canada to sell our products in Canada. We have no idea how to start the process of hiring a foreign worker. Suggestions? — Debbie, Texas
A. I’ll assume you’ve already figured out how (and whether) you can sell your products in Canada, including import/export regulations. Once you figure out where you want the employee to be, check the provincial government’s website for information. Also, many Canadian provinces’ governments offer assistance to small businesses, including information on how to get registered and the laws you need to follow. Example: British Columbia’s How to Hire Your First Employee portal.
In addition, you will want to understand tax withholding for your worker. A summary of the requirements can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website.