Access to Documents on Federal Court Website

  • December 23, 2019

The CBA comments on the Federal Court’s proposal to make court files available online, suggesting ways to respect open courts while protecting vulnerable parties using the justice system.

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Welcome and Meeting Request

  • December 20, 2019

The CBA to congratulates Minister of Justice and AG David Lametti on his re-appointment and looks forward to pursuing shared goals of advancing the rule of law, and improving legislation and the administration of justice.

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Federal Court of Canada 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

  • December 02, 2019

The CBA comments on the Federal Court's 2020-2025 Strategic Plan's proposed priorities of access to justice, modernization and strengthening the Court as a national institution.

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Canada’s Remediation Agreement Regime

  • November 19, 2019

The CBA asks the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to issue guidance on how prosecutors plan to apply Remediation Agreements in Canada.

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Medical Assistance in Dying

  • October 04, 2019

The CBA supports a ruling that some restrictions on the eligibility to medical assistance in dying are unconstitutional and encourages the federal government to work with provinces and territories to ensure eligibility is aligned with SCC guidance.

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Making Access to Justice an Election Priority

  • June 11, 2019

The CBA is asking party leaders to show leadership on access to justice, by dedicating federal legal aid funding; and adopting guiding principles for a national, integrated system of public legal assistance.

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Bill C-78, Divorce Act Amendments

  • April 15, 2019

The CBA urges prompt passage of Divorce Act amendments (Bill C-78), noting that several CBA recommendations were addressed by changes in the House of Commons.

Child and Youth Law, Constitutional & Human Rights, Family Law and 1 more..., French Speaking Lawyers

Supreme Court Hearings Outside Ottawa

  • February 04, 2019

The CBA supports a principled approach to occasional SCC sittings outside Ottawa and outlines several factors to consider.

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Congratulations and Invitation

  • January 15, 2019

The CBA welcomes the new Minister of Justice

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Bill C-78 — Divorce Act amendments

  • November 26, 2018

The CBA supports passage of the proposed amendments to the Divorce Act in Bill C-78, and suggests clarifications and improvements.

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Child and Youth Law, Constitutional & Human Rights and 2 more..., Family Law, French Speaking Lawyers

Spousal Sponsorship Process

  • November 01, 2018

The CBA offers Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada its input on how to improve the spousal sponsorship program.

Administrative Law, Child and Youth Law, Family Law and 2 more..., Immigration Law, International Law

Bill C-75 Criminal Code and Youth Criminal Justice Act amendments

  • September 14, 2018

The CBA supports proposals to improve court efficiencies while preserving fairness to the accused. It objects to proposals to abolish peremptory challenges, restrict preliminary inquiries and allow the introduction of police evidence by affidavit.

Aboriginal Law, Constitutional & Human Rights, Criminal Justice and 1 more..., Child and Youth Law

Employment Insurance — Extended Parental Benefits

  • June 19, 2018

The CBA highlights an inconsistency between federal EI benefits and some provincial and territorial parental leave entitlements, and recommends claimants be clearly informed.

Family Law, Labour & Employment, Sole Practitioners and 2 more..., Young Lawyers, Child and Youth Law

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child — Third Optional Protocol

  • June 15, 2018

The CBA urges the government to ratify the third optional protocol of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child establishing procedure to bring complaints about violations directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Aboriginal Law, Constitutional & Human Rights, Family Law and 2 more..., International Law, Child and Youth Law

National Commissioner for Children and Youth in Canada

  • May 30, 2018

The CBA urges the government to create a National Commissioner for Children and Youth, to protect the rights of Indigenous children in Canada, and to implement the 2012 recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Aboriginal Law, Constitutional & Human Rights, Family Law and 2 more..., International Law, Child and Youth Law

Online Reputation Consultation

  • May 01, 2018

The CBA comments on the Privacy Commissioner's Draft Position Paper on Online Reputation and encourages further study of online reputation.

CCCA, Constitutional & Human Rights, Privacy and Access and 1 more..., Child and Youth Law

Bill C-45, Cannabis Act

  • May 01, 2018

The CBA supports many changes made to Bill C-45 – the Cannabis Act – in the House of Commons, but reiterates its concerns about the Bill’s excessive reliance on the criminal law outside of the regulatory framework.

Aboriginal Law, Constitutional & Human Rights, Criminal Justice and 1 more..., Child and Youth Law

Bill C-45, Cannabis Act

  • April 17, 2018

The CBA supports many changes made to Bill C-45 – the Cannabis Act – in the House of Commons, but reiterates its concerns about the Bill’s excessive reliance on the criminal law outside of the regulatory framework.

Aboriginal Law, Constitutional & Human Rights, Criminal Justice and 1 more..., Child and Youth Law

Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying Regulations

  • February 13, 2018

The CBA urges Health Canada to reconsider regulatory approach for monitoring medical assistance in dying.

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Federal Cannabis Regulation

  • January 23, 2018

The CBA comments on a proposed approach to federal cannabis regulations and urges an opportunity for public comment on draft regulations.

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Canada’s Reports on United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • January 15, 2018

The CBA offers guidance on the template for Canada's next report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

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Judicial Appointments

  • January 12, 2018

The CBA urges the Justice Minister to improve access to justice by filling judicial vacancies and expanding Unified Family Courts.

Civil Litigation, Family Law, Child and Youth Law

Medical Assistance in Dying

  • October 06, 2017

The CBA responds to the Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying, tasked with examining issues about requests by mature minors, advance requests, and requests where mental illness is the sole underlying medical condition.

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Canada's New Feminist International Assistance Policy

  • July 27, 2017

The CBA welcomes Canada's new feminist international assistance policy, with its renewed focus on inclusive governance and gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

International Law, Women Lawyers, Child and Youth Law

Canada-MERCOSUR Trade Consultations

  • June 06, 2017

The CBA comments on a potential Free Trade Agreement between Canada and MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay).The CBA supports an agreement and highlights the importance of transparency, competition and human rights.

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End-of-Life Decisions – Advance Requests

  • May 26, 2017

The CBA encourages the Chairs of the three Working Groups (mature minors, advance requests, mental illness) established by the Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying to consider the experiences of lawyers and their clients.

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End-of-Life Decisions – Mature Minors

  • May 26, 2017

The CBA encourages the Chairs of the three Working Groups (mature minors, advance requests, mental illness) established by the Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying to consider the experiences of lawyers and their clients.

CCCA, Civil Litigation, Constitutional & Human Rights and 8 more..., Criminal Justice, Elder Law, Family Law, Health Law, Insurance Law, Privacy and Access, Wills, Estates and Trusts, Child and Youth Law

End-of-Life Decisions – Mental Illness

  • May 26, 2017

The CBA encourages the Chairs of the three Working Groups (mature minors, advance requests, mental illness) established by the Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying to consider the experiences of lawyers and their clients.

CCCA, Civil Litigation, Constitutional & Human Rights and 8 more..., Criminal Justice, Elder Law, Family Law, Health Law, Insurance Law, Privacy and Access, Wills, Estates and Trusts, Child and Youth Law

Independent Reviews - Medical Assistance in Dying

  • January 23, 2017

The CBA extends offer of assistance on Medical Assistance in Dying studies to be undertaken by Council of Canadian Academies.

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Shortage of Judges

  • December 19, 2016

The CBA reiterates the urgency of filling vacancies and increasing judicial complements across Canada, noting the critical shortage of judges in Quebec and Alberta.

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Medical Assistance in Dying — Advance Requests, Mature Minors and Persons with Mental Illness

  • November 08, 2016

The CBA advocates legislative amendments and comments on proposed studies about medical assistance in dying and advance requests, eligibility of mature minors and of persons with mental illness.

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Family Reunification

  • October 26, 2016

The CBA supports family reunification as an objective of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Given the economic, social and cultural benefits, family reunification should be a priority for Canada.

Elder Law, Family Law, Immigration Law and 2 more..., Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Child and Youth Law

Statement Against the Immigration Detention of Children

  • October 04, 2016

The CBA supports the Statement Against Immigration Detention of Children that urges the government of Canada to cease the immigration detention of unaccompanied minors, children and families to halt the significant harm to children.

Family Law, Immigration Law, Child and Youth Law

Parental Recognition

  • August 12, 2016

A Canadian Bar Association resolution passed at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Council.

Family Law, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Wills, Estates and Trusts and 1 more..., Child and Youth Law

Legal Aid Benchmarks

  • August 12, 2016

A Canadian Bar Association resolution passed at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Council.

Aboriginal Law, Constitutional & Human Rights, Elder Law and 2 more..., Family Law, Child and Youth Law

In-Canada Asylum Review

  • July 29, 2016

The CBA Immigration Law Section comments to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on the in-Canada asylum process.

Immigration Law, Labour & Employment, Child and Youth Law

Designated Representatives at Immigration and Refugee Board

  • June 07, 2016

The Canadian Bar Association responds to the Immigration and Refugee Board's reply of Canada to suggested changes in use of Designated Representatives for children and vulnerable persons under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Constitutional & Human Rights, Family Law, Immigration Law and 1 more..., Child and Youth Law

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • May 17, 2016

The Canadian Bar Association urges Canada to move forward in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Aboriginal Law, Family Law, Child and Youth Law

Bill C-14 — Medical Assistance in Dying (Letter to Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs)

  • May 04, 2016

The Canadian Bar Association recommends amendments to Bill C-14 (medical assistance in dying) to align with Carter v. Canada.

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Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action

  • March 08, 2016

The Canadian Bar Association supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action of June 2015 and urges others to do the same. Many of the calls are consistent with CBA policy, and work has already begun on those issues.

Aboriginal Law, Constitutional & Human Rights, Criminal Justice and 4 more..., Family Law, International Law, Women Lawyers, Child and Youth Law

Welcome to Justice Portfolio

  • November 04, 2015

The CBA extends congratulations to the Justice Minister and looks forward to working with her to convey the perspective of the legal profession on issues of mutual interest.

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Welcome to Prime Minister

  • November 04, 2015

The CBA extends congratulations to the Prime Minister and looks forward to working with the new government to convey the perspective of the legal profession on issues of mutual interest.

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Relocation of Children in Family Law Proceedings

  • August 13, 2015

Whereas Canadian legislation gives little guidance for parents to know when they need permission from the other parent or the court to relocate with a child, and no clear test or factors help determine if a move is likely to be permitted in the child’s best interests;

Family Law, Child and Youth Law

In the Interests of Children — Response to Bill C-560

  • May 08, 2014

The CBA reiterates its stance to retain the “best interests of the child” test for custody and access, and opposes private member’s Bill C-560 that would impose equal parenting time for children.

Family Law, Child and Youth Law

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • March 10, 2014

The CBA urges the federal government to use the concluding observations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child as a roadmap to table a detailed Government Action Plan for implementing the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.

Child and Youth Law