Five Things I hope Jason Kenney Brings to the HRSDC Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends

On July 15, 2013, Prime Minister Stephen Harper shuffled his cabinet.  From an immigration perspective, the important changes are: Steven Blaney replaces a retiring Vic Toews as the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Chris Alexander replaces Jason Kenney as the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Jason Kenney replaces Diane Finley as the Minister of Employment and … Read More

Ministerial Instructions will be Jason Kenney’s Greatest Legacy

Meurrens LawImmigration Trends

There are numerous significant changes to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (“IRPA”) buried inside the 2012 Budget Implementation Act (the “BIA”).  The first change, the termination of approximately 300,000 Federal Skilled Worker Applications, was expected.  The other, the expansion of the role of Ministerial Instructions, was not. Jason Kenney, the Minister of Citizenship and … Read More

Was Bill C-37 Worth the Political Cost?

Meurrens LawRefugees

On February 16, Jason Kenney and the Conservative government introduced Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada’s Immigration Act.  The Act makes many reforms to Canada’s refugee system, and amends previous amendments to Canada’s immigration legislation contained in the Balanced Refugee Reform Act which have not yet come into affect.  Bill C-31 was greeted by many refugee … Read More