Today
Today

Expanding equity

  • June 27, 2022

The federal government should consider expanding the definition of equity groups, and require employers to collect better data, to improve the Employment Equity Act. That is the essence of the message contained in a letter to the Task Force from the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Section, the Equality Subcommittee, the Labour and Employment Section and the Women Lawyers Forum of the Canadian Bar Association.

Effective and accountable charities

  • June 27, 2022

The Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association supports Senate Bill S-216, the Effective and Accountable Charities Act. That’s the essence of a letter to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland endorsing the amendments proposed to the Income Tax Act in the bill.

EIFEL rules a fundamentally new approach

  • June 27, 2022

The Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, in a letter to Finance Canada, comments on Excessive Interest and Financing Expenses Limitation, or EIFEL, proposals that were included as part of the draft legislation that was released on February 4, 2022.

Improving the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

  • June 27, 2022

International students are an important part of the solution to Canada’s labour shortages. That’s why the Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, in a letter to Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser, makes several key recommendations to improve the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program, or PGWPP.

Fairer, more efficient child support payments

  • June 27, 2022

As part of ongoing discussions to improve the federal child support guidelines, the Family Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association wrote to Justice Canada, adding details to its 2021 recommendation on child support payments in situations of shared parenting.

Considering a vaccination policy at the Federal Court

  • May 31, 2022

In a letter to Chief Justice Paul Crampton, the Federal Courts Bench and Bar Liaison Committee of the Canadian Bar Association outlines factors the Federal Court should take into account in considering a vaccination policy for in-person hearings.

Reining in aggressive tax planning

  • May 31, 2022

The government of Canada is committed to making the tax system fair for everyone, it says in its Budget speeches. One of the tools it can use to reach that goal is to uncover aggressive tax planning schemes. The Canada Revenue Agency distinguishes “aggressive” tax planning from the legitimate kind in that the former is a way to get around the intent of the law.

Protecting solicitor-client privilege

  • May 31, 2022

The Canadian Bar Association supports the federal government’s efforts to make the tax system fairer, President Stephen Rotstein writes in a letter to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland. Provided lawyers can fulfil their duties to their clients with undivided loyalty.

To better protect children

  • May 31, 2022

The Child and Youth Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, in an update to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, says Canada continues to struggle with its compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC. Some of the Section’s recommendations are summarized below.

Extend temporary COVID measures

  • April 26, 2022

The Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association believes temporary projects and processes put in place in the early months of the pandemic for temporary residents should be extended. That’s the gist of a letter sent to the Director of Temporary Resident Program Delivery at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.