Open Spousal Work Permits After September 27, 2021

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Last Updated on September 27, 2021 by Steven Meurrens

In a previous blog post I wrote about how Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) was increasingly focusing on genuineness.

On September 27, 2021 IRCC updated its webpage to reform the open spousal work permit program.

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2021 Election Results and Canadian Immigration

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Last Updated on September 21, 2021 by Steven Meurrens

On September 20, 2021 Canada had its 44th Parliamentary election.  The results leave the composition of Canada’s House of Commons essentially unchanged from before.  As of September 21, 2021, the Liberal Party of Canada, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has again won a Minority Government with 32% of the vote and 158 seats, 12 short of the required 170 needed for a majority.  This means that the Liberals do not have enough seats in the House of Commons to unilaterally pass legislation and must collaborate with the other parties.  The Conservative Party of Canada won 34% of the vote and 119 seats. The Bloc Québécois won 8% of the vote and 34 seats. The New Democratic Party won 18% of the vote and 25 seats. The Green Party of Canada won 2% of the vote and 2 seats.

The Liberals can pass immigration legislation as long as they have the support of either the Conservatives, the Bloc or the NDP.  They do not have to commit to one party, and can pick and choose which party they get support from depending on the specific change they are proposing. It is accordingly worth understanding these parties’ immigration campaigns.

The Liberal Party of Canada

The Liberals said that if re-elected they would abolish citizenship application processing fees, which are currently $630.00 per adult and $100.00 per child.  They also committed to reducing processing times that have been impacted by COVID-19 and creating a visitor visa program for the spouses of Canadians who wish to visit their partners while their spousal sponsorship applications are in process.

The Liberals also plan on establishing a trusted employer system to streamline foreign worker applications,

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C-14 Work Permits

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Last Updated on September 13, 2021 by Steven Meurrens

On February 17, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) introduced a Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) exemption for foreign nationals in the television and film industry whose position or occupation is essential to a TV or film production.  On September 13, 2021 IRCC narrowed the LMIA exemption.

The exemption previously read:

(exemption code C14) – Canada.ca”]

The current requirements are that the work that a foreign national is performing must be:

  • essential to a live-action TV or film project in the production stage (filming): Essential positions are those where the physical presence of foreign workers on location in Canada is required to generate the expected benefit;
  • be high wage: Evidence of high-wage work is meant to establish that Canada will reap a significant economic benefit (for example, tax revenue) from hiring a foreign national and to protect the Canadian labour market from wage suppression;
  • unionized: Proof of unionized work demonstrates that the employment of the foreign national is critical to the production occurring in Canada while protecting the direct employment of Canadians.

Occupations that may meet these criteria include, but are not limited to, actors and actresses, directors, stunt persons, lighting specialists and choreographers.

Consideration under this exemption is to be given for the production (filming) stage of live-action television and film projects in Canada, regardless of whether

  • the production is foreign or Canadian;
  • it is filmed entirely or in part in Canada.

IRCC has also clarified that the following situations would not qualify:

  • Pre- or post-production work, for example, storyboarding, visual effects, sound editing or film editing.

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Borderlines Podcast #60 – Where Canada’s Political Parties Stand on Immigration in 2021, with Chantal Desloges

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Last Updated on September 9, 2021 by Steven Meurrens

A discussion of the 2021 immigration platforms of the Liberals, Conservatives, New Democrats, Greens, Bloc Quebecois and the People’s Party of Canada.

Chantal Desloges is the Founder and Senior Partner of Desloges Law Group.

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Heading – The Election and Canadian Immigration

On September 20, 2021 Canada will have its 44th Parliamentary election.  There are six main political parties running.  The first is the Liberal Party of Canada, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  The Liberals are generally regarded as a centrist party and have governed since October 2015.  The second is the Conservative Party of Canada, led by Erin O’Toole.  The Conservatives are a centre-right party that previously governed Canada from 2006-2015 under Stephen Harper.  The third is the New Democratic Party, a left-wing led by Jagmeet Singh.  The fourth is the Green Party of Canada, led by Annamie Paul, a party that is typically known for its environmental platform.  The fifth is the Bloc Québécois, led by Yves Francois Blanchet. The Bloc is a Quebec nationalist party that only runs candidates in Quebec.  Finally, there is the People’s Party of Canada, a right-wing party led by Maxime Bernier.

As of writing, polls suggest that Canada is likely heading to a minority government.  This means that none of the political parties above will win enough seats to govern without the support of another party. 

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Memorandums to the Minister

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Last Updated on September 8, 2021 by Steven Meurrens

In this post are various Memorandums to the Minister.

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Access to Information Act Exemptions

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Last Updated on September 6, 2021 by Steven Meurrens

The following chart is a helpful summary of the exemptions to disclosure under the Access to Information Act.

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