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Let foreign nationals work

  • March 23, 2022

Foreign nationals who are without status in Canada but who cannot return to their country of nationality due to dangerous conditions should be allowed to apply for work permits if they are not subject to a removal order. That’s the gist of a letter to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser by the Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Paralegals not trained to practice immigration law

  • February 22, 2022

The Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, in a letter to Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser, asks that paralegals be removed from the categories of persons authorized to practice immigration law.

Privacy’s unintended consequences

  • February 22, 2022

Bill C-11, the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020, was introduced in November 2020 and died on the Order Paper when the 2021 election was called.

Settling claims the right way

  • February 22, 2022

The Specific Claims Tribunal, or SCT, is for First Nations to seek dispute resolution related to the fulfilment of historic treaties outside the court system. In a letter to the Chairperson of the SCT, the Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association offers its recommendations on how to make it more efficient and flexible. Below are the most salient ones.

Treat families equally

  • January 21, 2022

Parents in shared parenting situations need to be treated equally by Canada’s tax laws, the Family Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association writes in a letter to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland.

Helping IRCC communicate better

  • January 21, 2022

Few people know the challenges of communicating with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada like lawyers whose job is to represent IRCC applicants. In a letter to IRCC, the Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association summarizes feedback provided by its members, “in the hope that they may assist IRCC in evaluating and improving its client communication mechanisms.”

Improving immigration pathways

  • November 29, 2021

The Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association sees benefits in having more digital options for applications to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, or IRCC. But it suggests improvements that should be made to the new Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident pathway.

Consolidate standards for family law lawyers

  • November 29, 2021

Law societies in Canada establish rules of conduct for members of the legal profession, based on the Federation of Law Societies’ Model Code of Professional Conduct, to ensure they adhere to strict standards of professionalism. The Model Code is updated as needed, to reflect changes in legal practices and ethics.

Improving public legal education

  • November 29, 2021

In family law matters, the interests of the children should always come first. That’s why when Justice Canada asked for suggestions on how to improve public legal education and information, otherwise known as PLEI, the Family Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association limited itself to recommendations related to child support payments.