Canadian Law Group

Canadian Law Group

Canada ends 2012 Policy that prejudiced Asylum Seekers and Refugees from “safe countries”

On May 17, 2019, the Canadian government announced revisions to its asylum (“refugee”) system. Effectively, the government ‘reversed’ an initiative from the Harper-era (Stephen Harper was Canada’s last Conservative Prime Minister) which did not afford refugees and asylum seekers the same rights based on their country of origin.

2019 Update on Recreational Cannabis in Canada

As reported in our October 2018 newsletter, Canada became the second country after Uruguay to legalize cannabis last fall. The Cannabis industry in Canada is projected to reach $5 billion USD by 2020 with exciting trends emerging in 2019!

President Trump Announces Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On May 16, 2019, President Donald Trump revealed his comprehensive immigration reform proposal. The proposal introduces a stronger border security package and a shift to a ‘merit-based’ immigration system, prioritizing high-skilled workers and creating a points-based system for evaluating permanent resident applications (Green Cards).

BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Program – Regional Pilot

The British Columbia (BC) Entrepreneur Program – Regional Pilot focuses on attracting global entrepreneurs to regional communities in the province. This will help economic development in the community and encourage investment in urban areas.

Regulation of Immigration & Citizenship Consultants Strengthened in Canada

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issued a statement earlier this month announcing new legislation from the Government that will hold immigration and citizenship consultants to a much higher standard (comparable to doctors and attorneys).

2,000 Additional Spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced earlier last month an additional 2,000 spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

U.S. Department of State’s Report on Child Abduction 2018

Both Canada and the USA adhere to the treaty called the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (referred to commonly as the “Hague Convention”). CKR Law LLP handles legal cases of a child or children alleged to have been abducted by - most usually - a parent, and taken to another jurisdiction.

Canada Strengthens Entry/Exits at Borders

Bill C-21 (“An Act to Amend the Customs Act”) which received Royal Assent on December, 13, 2018, gives Canada the authority to collect basic biographic information on all Canadians who leave the country by land and by air. Previously, this information was only collected as entry requirements. This information will be used for complete travel history information for travelers which will help the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) and its Federal partners (ex. Public Safety Canada) strengthen Canadian borders

Cannabis – How to Invest and Operate in Canada

Now is the time for Cannabis investors in the United States to consider Canadian expansion, given the recent Federal legalization of marijuana in Canada in October 2018. While 47 U.S.

CKR Law’s Véronique Malka & Sherry Neal Appear on Canada’s Global News Radio 640 to Discuss Global Mobility

Véronique Malka, Partner at CKR Law and Canada Chair of the Global Mobility Group, and Sherry Neal, Partner at CKR Law, attorney in the US division of the Global Mobility Group, appeared on Global News Radio 640 Canada on February, 28, 2019. They joined host Tasha Kheiriddin to discuss a number of issues.