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Ensuring access to clients' online CRA accounts crucial to avoid extensive delays

  • June 28, 2021

The Canadian Bar Association’s Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section acknowledges how successful the Canada Revenue Agency, or CRA, has been in increasing the proportion of charity applications that are accepted thanks to the Charities IT Modernization Project, or CHAMP. But lawyers acting for charities face a number of difficult challenges with the MyBA online portal that result in extensive delays for clients.

Modernizing bankruptcy and insolvency directives and regulations

  • June 28, 2021

The Insolvency Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association believes the directives and regulations under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, or BIA, as well as the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act need to be updated to encourage the use of technology and facilitate the process of bankruptcy.

Making room for legal representatives

  • June 28, 2021

The Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association urges Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to address the serious and systemic issue of legal representative exclusion.

Protecting older Canadians requires a national strategy, not more laws

  • June 28, 2021

The Elder Law and Criminal Justice Sections of the Canadian Bar Association, in a submission and an appearance in front of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights’ study of elder abuse, say the way to address elder abuse is not to add offences in the Criminal Code but to create a Pan-Canadian Elder Abuse Strategy.

Create a presumption of straight offset for child support in cases of shared care

  • May 19, 2021

The current method of calculating child support obligations in cases of shared care is not working for most families in that situation. In a letter to Justice Canada the Canadian Bar Association’s Family Law Section says the government ought to make changes to the Federal Child Support Guidelines for situations of shared care.

Gig workers and the right to disconnect

  • May 19, 2021

The government of Canada wants to gain a better understanding of the realities of today’s workers in federally regulated industries, especially those engaged in the so-called “gig economy” as well as Canadians’ digital work-life balance. The Canadian Bar Association’s Labour and Employment Law Section is favourable to amending the Canada Labour Code to clarify the status of gig workers but wants the government to delay consultations on the right to disconnect until after the pandemic.

Accessing locked-in pension funds in Saskatchewan

  • May 18, 2021

Saving for retirement is sound financial advice, but what if life throws a distinctly curved ball at us that strains our finances beyond the breaking point? Should we be allowed to access some of the money we’ve squirreled away over the years to cover unexpected medical expenses or avoid having our house repossessed due to financial hardship caused by conditions outside our control?