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Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 2:29 PM

Special program to resettle Afghans in Canada announced Marco Mendicino, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship

On July 23, the government of Canada announced that “special immigration measures” will be implemented to “offer a path to protection in Canada for those at risk due to their work” supporting Canadian forces and staff in Afghanistan. ... [read more]

Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 1:48 PM

Remote work and implications for immigration and residency Person working from home

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly shifted the work arrangements for thousands of employees from the workplace to the home. Statistics Canada reported that in early 2021, 32 per cent of Canadian employees worked mainly from home, compared to just four per cent in 2016. There were 3.1 million Canadian workers working remotely from home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 8:34 AM

Good options when travelling to the U.S. for work A "Now Hiring" sign in front of U.S. flag

Now is the time to plan your next trip to the United States. The Canadian government has announced that it will reopen the border to vaccinated travellers starting Aug. 9. This means that individuals with proof of a Canadian-approved vaccination can freely seek admission and do not need to quarantine for 14 days upon entry to Canada. This will make crossing the border for work that much easier. ... [read more]

Monday, July 19, 2021 @ 4:38 PM

Ottawa to open borders for fully vaccinated Americans on Aug. 9, other countries Sept. 7 Bill Blair, federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Canada’s government will begin reopening its borders to fully vaccinated tourists, expand its list of airports able to accept international passenger flights and do away with its controversial hotel quarantine requirement for air travellers.     ... [read more]

Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 2:51 PM

Feds announce dedicated refugee stream for human rights defenders

On July 16, the federal government announced the creation of a “dedicated refugee stream to provide a safe haven for human rights defenders at risk who are fleeing persecution in their home country.” ... [read more]

Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 12:13 PM

B.C. Supreme Court scheduling system broken, has been for a long time | Kyla Lee

On the second Tuesday of every month, alarm clocks across the province go off early. Lawyers, legal assistants, paralegals and self-represented individuals get out of bed early, make a big cup of coffee and start to engage in finger stretching exercises. ... [read more]

Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 11:31 AM

Open work permit available under new permanent residence pathway, feds say Marco Mendicino, Canada’s minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship

Marco Mendicino, Canada’s minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, announced that as of July 26 people who have applied for the “recently opened pathway to permanent residence will be eligible for an open work permit while awaiting the results of their application.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 @ 2:10 PM

Canada expands Students Direct Stream to Central, South America after surge in applications Map of Canada on a school chalkboard

An education at a Canadian college or university is a prized commodity for students from around the world thanks to the high academic standards, stellar global reputation, welcoming campus culture and great post-graduation work opportunities on offer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

When it’s time for a trust to follow beneficiaries south Hand shielding money with an umbrella

In the estate context, it’s not easy dealing with trusts where U.S. beneficiaries are involved. U.S. beneficiaries can seriously complicate an estate plan, particularly regarding ongoing trusts. In a previous article, Estate Planning When a Child Moves to the U.S., I discussed the tax implications and Canadian tax filings which can arise where there are U.S. resident beneficiaries of a Canadian estate. This article discusses the potential for migrating a Canadian trust to the U.S. where the trust has U.S. beneficiaries. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 @ 8:35 AM

Wellness: Five money lessons every young lawyer should know | Darryl Singer

Like it or not, money factors into so many parts of our careers as lawyers. As a mentor to countless students and juniors over the years, I have come up with a number of pieces of financial wisdom which I now routinely pass along to all of them. ... [read more]