Protecting solicitor-client privilege

  • May 29, 2023

Bill C-47, Budget Implementation Act, 2023, was recently tabled in the House of Commons with amendments on reportable and notifiable transactions sought by the CBA. First, an overly narrow definition of “solicitor-client privilege” is deleted from the Income Tax Act. Second, the new notifiable transactions regime will not apply retroactively.

Ban attempts to “fix” intersex children’s genitalia

  • May 26, 2023

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Section, the Health Law Section, the Criminal Justice Section and the Child and Youth Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, in a letter to Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth Marci Ien, urge the federal government to launch a public consultation on non-consensual, deferrable and medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children.

Honour Canada’s commitment to children

  • May 26, 2023

In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several of his ministers, the President of the Canadian Bar Association, Steeves Bujold, exhorts them to make a detailed action plan to effectively implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children, or UNCRC.

Ensuring early childhood education and child care services are inclusive of all Indigenous peoples

  • April 21, 2023

The Aboriginal Law Section, Equality Subcommittee and Family Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association applaud the federal government’s vision for a countrywide early learning and child care system. As detailed in a letter to the Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Bill C-35, the Canada Early Learning and Child Care Act, would benefit from a few improvements.

Is lifting the 20-hour-a-week cap good for international students?

  • March 22, 2023

The Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, in a letter to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, raises some cautions and suggests improvements to the recent pilot project lifting the 20-hour-per-week cap on the number of off-campus work hours for international students during their school term.

How long can visitors stay?

  • February 28, 2023

Few things matter more to the law than consistency in its interpretation and predictability in its application. Both are essential to ensure immigration applicants are in a position to comply, and to help legal representatives advise their clients properly.

Expand Unified Family Courts

  • February 28, 2023

The Family Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association wrote to Justice Minister David Lametti to express its continued support for the expansion of Unified Family Courts, or UFCs, across the country.

Addressing miscarriages of justice and preventing them from happening again

  • January 30, 2023

Three Sections of the Canadian Bar Association, in a letter to Justice Minister David Lametti, express their support for a strong and independent commission to rectify wrongful convictions and offer further comments on a select number of recommendations from the LaForme/Westmoreland-Traoré report on the proposed creation of a Miscarriage of Justice Commission.

Who can buy a home in Canada?

  • January 30, 2023

On January 1, 2023, the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadian Act came into force.