H&C – Past Mistreatment

31st Mar 2020 Comments Off on H&C – Past Mistreatment

A quick post today as there is alot going on due to the corona virus, but Justice Annis just released an interesting decision in Pryce v. Canada where he certified the following question:

In the context of a request for humanitarian and compassionate considerations under subsection 25 (1) of IRPA, must an officer consider evidence of past hardship of unconscionable mistreatment of an applicant and her children, not recurring or arising on removal, and not cited as a factor in the Guidelines, but that may accord with the principles in Chirwa v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) (1970), 4 I.A.C. 338 adopted in Kanthasamy v Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) 2015 SCC 61, even if the issue has not been explicitly raised by the applicant as a relevant factor for consideration? If not, may the applications judge raise the question as a new issue in accordance with the principles of R. v Mian, 2014 SCC 54?

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24th Mar 2020 Comments Off on IRCC and COVID 19

Last updated on April 1st, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian government has implemented several measures that impact immigration programs and the ability to enter Canada. Current measures under the Non-US OIC and the Quarantine OIC will be effective until June 30, 2020, while current measures under the US OIC will be effective until April 21, 2020, and current measures under the Interim Order are effective until further notice.


Please note that the Canadian government is expected to amend its policies as needed in the coming weeks and months and as such we ask that you contact us for advice before relying on the information provided in this memo.




Before determining whether you fall into one of the categories below, please note that any persons exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. fever and cough, or fever and breathing difficulties) will not be allowed to board an aircraft to fly into Canada, regardless of your status in Canada. This blanket prohibition affects Canadian citizens and permanent residents. You will, however, be allowed to enter Canada through the Canada–US land border, though you will be subject to the 14-day self-isolation requirement outlined in the Quarantine OIC.


Please note that, even if you fall into one of the exemptions below, foreign nationals seeking to enter Canada must still apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (if you are travelling to Canada as a citizen of a visa-requiring country) or an eTA (if you are flying to Canada as a citizen of a visa-exempt country).


  1. Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents


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