Focus On

Immigration

Latest

Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

Atlantic pilot program fast track to East Coast immigration businesspeople_racing_sm

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) offers a fast route for employers wishing to hire immigrants and for people wishing to immigrate to Atlantic Canada. The AIPP has recently been extended until December 2021. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 1:23 PM

Legal aid ping pong harms vulnerable refugee claimants | Stephen Kaduuli

In its spring budget, the Ontario government cut Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding by $133 million and said it will no longer provide provincial funds for refugee and immigration cases. LAO is mandated to promote access to justice for refugee claimants among other vulnerable Ontarians. ... [read more]

Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 3:05 PM

Employer or PEO — who is the daddy? Group silhouette with globe

If you’re a Canadian resident working for a U.S. company in Canada, there are a multitude of cross-border implications regarding employment law, payroll reporting, income taxes and Social Security taxes. The evolution of the professional employer organization (PEO) since the 1980s has become a popular solution for U.S. and Canadian employers when employing remote workers. ... [read more]

Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Occupational classifications: Are you an economist or an accountant? two_doors_sm

For better or worse, it was a missed opportunity not to reassess the trade national (TN) occupational classification list under NAFTA’s Appendix 1603.D.1 when the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was negotiated. It has been 25 years since these occupational classifications were finalized, and updates on what each occupational classification entails in the current workforce would have been welcome. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 12:05 PM

Differences between Canadian, American employment law handheldflags.jpg

For American companies, expanding operations into Canada often makes good business sense. Our similar professional cultures make doing business together easy, and our economic ties make it almost inevitable. However, employers who take our countries’ similarities for granted put themselves in a precarious position. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Privacy concerns ramped up over border security agreement | Colin Singer

Canada and the U.S. have begun implementation of the third phase of the “Beyond the Border” security agreement finalized by the two countries in 2011. Aimed at facilitating easier trade and travel, the agreement provides for sharing of information about individuals crossing the border between the countries. ... [read more]

Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 3:15 PM - Last Updated: Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 3:57 PM

Ottawa commits $26.8 million to fund immigration, refugee legal aid for 2019-20

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Aug. 12 announced that the federal government will provide a one-time investment of $26.8 million for immigration and refugee legal aid for 2019-2020. ... [read more]

Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 11:05 AM - Last Updated: Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 12:09 PM

G7 leaders urged to protect lawyers from harm, ensure AI doesn’t oust human decision making Raymond Adlington

Next week bar association presidents from Canada and the other G7 nations will jointly urge their countries’ political leaders to legally protect lawyers and the confidentiality of the lawyer-client relationship, as well as to ensure that the emerging use of artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithms in legal decision making doesn’t harm human dignity, fundamental rights and access to justice. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Big differences between new foreign worker permit categories wheelchair_caregiver_sm

Both Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have mechanisms to ensure that employers who employ foreign workers on employer-specific work permits respect the conditions that they have agreed to. This includes work permits that are based on Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) — a process where the local labour market is tested — and work permits that are LMIA-exempt, including under international agreements and Intra-Company Transfers.   ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 12:07 PM

Protesters urge new Ontario AG to reverse cuts to legal aid Legal_Aid_Protest_1_sm

Ontario’s new attorney general must “stand up” to Premier Doug Ford and recommend that cuts to legal aid in the province be reversed, says an organizer of a recent protest by clinics serving racialized communities. ... [read more]