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Will a new law targeting immigrant criminals target businesses as well?

Last week, the Immigration Minister introduced legislation designed to target foreign national criminals. My take on one of the key provisions of this proposed legislation – the part designed to limit the appeals of certain foreign criminals – can be found in my Winnipeg Free Press op-ed here:http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/removing-non-canadian-criminals-fair-policy-160647805.html What has not really been reported about … Continue reading

Is centralizing Temporary Foreign Worker Units a good thing for businesses?

Last week, Citizenship and Immigration Canada made another announcement as it continues to reorganize its operations. Its latest announcement (which can be found here: OB 433 – June 13, 2012) will now result in the centralization of what are known as Temporary Foreign Worker Units in Toronto and Montreal. What this means is that Temporary … Continue reading

How the fight against human trafficking could effect all businesses that hire foriegn workers

Last week, the federal government announced these new measures to fight human trafficking: http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/le/ht-tp-eng.aspx. This is a welcome announcement that will help protect vulnerable children and adults from sexual exploitation and labour exploitation. In many cases, exploited individuals are temporary foreign workers who are victims of criminal gangs or individuals. While the announcement of these new measures is … Continue reading

Where is customer service in the immigration process?

Last week, Citizenship and Immigration Canada sent out this announcement that essentially closes immigration offices in Canada to the public: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2012/ob431.asp. This announcement comes on the heels of other recent announcements in which Canadian immigration offices in a number of countries around the globe were closed. The reason for the closures is to save money as Canada faces … Continue reading