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Tuesday, April 05, 2022 @ 1:25 PM

Canada’s immigration response to war in Ukraine Canadian and Ukraine flags overlapping

In 2012, Canada was the first western nation to recognize the independence of Ukraine. The relationship between the countries has remained close ever since. Ukrainian Canadians are our nation’s 11th largest ethnic group, and Canada is home to the third-largest population of Ukrainians around the world, behind only Russia and Ukraine itself. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 05, 2022 @ 9:16 AM

The coach: Law firm HR and the ‘Great Resignation’ | Gary Mitchell

HR is being turned upside down as one of the outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic. People were initially forced to work from home. And over the past two years, they have learned to embrace it. They want more time with their children. They are choosing to work less and live more. Have more quality of life. More work-life balance. People are retiring sooner. ... [read more]

Monday, April 04, 2022 @ 4:31 PM

Canada announces multiple expansions to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Employment and Social Development Canada has announced an expansion to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program through what it calls the Workforce Solutions Road Map. ... [read more]

Monday, April 04, 2022 @ 2:12 PM

PM kicks off process to find next Supreme Court judge; Indigenous rep to be added to advisory board Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has launched the process to find departing Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michael Moldaver’s successor, in a move that could lead to the historic appointment of Canada’s first Indigenous Supreme Court of Canada judge. ... [read more]

Monday, April 04, 2022 @ 10:45 AM

Access to Justice: It means caring for people and the system | Andromache Karakatsanis

I am delighted to be writing my first Access to Justice column as the new chair of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. I am grateful to Beverley McLachlin for her work through the Action Committee and to Chief Justice Wagner for his dedication to access to justice — and for appointing me to this role. ... [read more]

Friday, April 01, 2022 @ 3:50 PM

Canada expands eligibility for Temporary Foreign Worker Program to fix labour shortages in Quebec Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser took part in the April 1 announcement

Employment and Social Development Canada will lower the qualifications needed for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Quebec pilot project to fill labour shortages in Quebec, it announced in a press release on April 1. ... [read more]

Friday, April 01, 2022 @ 2:54 PM

Canadian immigration guide to mergers and acquisitions Businesmen push two giant global puzzle pieces together

Mergers and acquisitions activities continue to be strong after a record-breaking 2021. Canada is an attractive location to do business and offers a way for foreign companies to expand into the Canadian market. However, when a corporate restructuring of any kind occurs, there are many considerations ranging from regulatory, tax and labour and employment matters. ... [read more]

Friday, April 01, 2022 @ 12:01 PM

Separate, not equal | Michael M. Lerner

Lawyers in Ontario have been slow to accept licensed paralegals as partners in the delivery of legal services in the province. That resistance continues today as paralegals are denied access to virtually all county and district legal resource centres which is the most recent iteration of law libraries. I believe that what separates lawyers and paralegals should not be based on simply an “us against them” perspective. When it comes to the delivery of legal services, if something will promote greater access to justice, petty differences should be set aside. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 31, 2022 @ 2:34 PM

Virtual proceedings: Here to stay but devil in the details | Julius Melnitzer

With the announcement that Ontario’s family lawyers will return in person to the Superior Court of Justice in April for parts of the divorce process, there’s a growing sense that things are returning to normal — or at least the “new normal.” ... [read more]

Thursday, March 31, 2022 @ 12:47 PM

Settlement program services extended to March 2023 for Ukrainians coming to Canada Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

On March 30, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, announced that Canada is “offering temporary federal support to help Ukrainians settle in their new communities” through extended settlement program services. ... [read more]