Ministerial Instructions – Revoking, Suspending, and Refusing to Process Work Permits and Labour Market Opinions

Meurrens LawLabour Market Impact Assessments, Work Permits

On December 27, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC“) and the Ministry of Economic and Social Development (“Service Canada“) released Ministerial Instructions regarding the revocation of work permits and Labour Market Opinions (“LMOs“), now called Labour Market Impact Assessments (“LMIAs“).  The Ministerial Instructions will allow the Government of Canada to rapidly respond to economic developments … Read More

Federal Skilled Trades Class to be Capped at 3,000 Applicants

Meurrens LawSkilled Immigration (Express Entry, CEC, FSWC, Etc.)

As previously discussed here, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC“) will be introducing a new Federal Skilled Trades Class (“FSTC”), which will facilitate the immigration of certain skilled tradespersons in Canada.  The Government of Canada originally “announced” the creation of the FSTC in August through the publication of regulatory changes, however, CIC today released new information which … 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