DCO Refugee Claimants and Access to the RAD [Updated – January 5, 2016]

Meurrens LawRefugees

The Federal Court in Y.Z. and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers v. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 2015 FC 892 (“Y.Z.“) has certified the following two questions: Does paragraph 110(2)(d.1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (“IRPA“) comply with subsection 15(1) of the Charter? If not, is paragraph 110(2)(d.1) of … Read More

Business Expertise Consultants and Fettering Discretion

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends

In the increasingly growing area of Labour Market Impact Assessment judicial review the question of whether officers are fettering their discretion by overly relying on operational guidelines is arising. To me a more interesting question is whether officers being told that they cannot make decisions without first consulting Business Expertise Consultants is more interesting.  Consider … Read More

Administrative Monetary Penalty Regime Coming to Foreign Worker Program

Meurrens LawWork Permits

On July 1, 2015, the Government of Canada published regulations in the Canada Gazette that introduce an Administrative Monetary Penalty (“AMP“) regime into the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP“) and the International Mobility Program (“IMP“).  Both Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC“) and the Ministry of Employment and Social Development (“ESDC“) will administer the AMP.  In … Read More

ESDC Refuses LMIA where no English Speaking Canadians Applied

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends

A few weeks ago we received through an Access to Information Act request several copies of internal policy guidance.  I’ve reproduced what I found to be the most surprising one below. The fact that employers are needing to recruit foreign workers because the permanent residents and/or Canadian citizens who are applying don’t speak either English or French … Read More