On November 9, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, announced significant changes to the Canadian Experience Class (“CEC”). Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) will now impose a total annual cap on the number of new CEC applications that it accepts and introduce limits on the number of applications that may be accepted in certain occupations.
On November 14, 2013, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, announced that, effective immediately, Czech nationals will no longer require a temporary resident visa to visit Canada. Czech nationals can now stay in Canada for up to six months visa-free, which is consistent with all other visa exempt nationals. This reverses Canada’s previous decision to impose visa requirements on Czech nationals, which came into effect on July 14, 2009.
As previously reported in the April 2013 issue of Blaneys on Immigration, on March 30, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) published Ministerial Instructions that established the Start-Up Visa Program (“SUVP”).1 When initially established, the SUVP included a Venture Capital stream and an Angel Investor stream.
Powerpoint slides and supporting materials from Henry Chang's presentation entitled, "Update on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program," as part of the Employment & Labour Group's seminar, entitled "You Asked... We Answered!", which took place November 1, 2013.
On October 18, 2013, Canada and the European Union (“EU”) reached an agreement, in principle, on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”); this will be the first free trade agreement between the EU and a G8 country. CETA covers most aspects of the Canada-EU bilateral economic relationship, including trade in goods and services, investment, and government procurement.
On October 7, 2013, the Canadian Government blocked the proposed acquisition of Allstream Inc. (“Allstream”), a subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (“MTS”), by Accelero Capital Holdings (“Accelero”). Accelero is an investment firm co-founded by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, who was a key investor in the 2009 launch of Wind Mobile, one of Canada’s wireless telecommunications providers.
Editor’s Note:After the article was written, an announcement was made that Blackberry had signed a provisional agreement to sell its business to a group led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, a Canadian entity. However, during the due diligence period, Blackberry may still actively solicit, receive, evaluate and potentially enter into negotiations with parties that offer alternative proposals. As a result, Blackberry may still solicit offers from foreign purchasers.
The media recently reported on an incident involving a British Columbia woman who admitted to a United States Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) officer that she had recently smoked marijuana. Although she had never been convicted of any criminal offense, this admission alone was sufficient grounds to ban her from entering the United States. The incident raised some interesting legal points, many of which will apply equally to business travellers. A more detailed discussion of these issues appears below.
Earlier this year, Blaney McMurtry partner Henry J. Chang briefed the readers of Blaneys on Business on the need for global Canadian corporations that interact with public officials in foreign jurisdictions to operate rigorous anti-corruption compliance programs under Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Pubic Officials Act (the “CFPOA”). Earlier this summer, Parliament enacted new provisions to clarify and strengthen the CFPOA. In this article, Mr. Chang describes the new provisions and what they mean for Canadian businesses.
On August 15, 2013, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found Mr. Nazir Karigar guilty of violating the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act1 (“CFPOA”). At the time of the decision, the CFPOA had already been amended by the Fighting Foreign Corruption Act2 (“FFCA”), which received Royal Assent on June 19, 2013. However, the conduct that led to Mr.
As previously discussed in the June 2013 issue of Blaneys on Immigration, on April 29, 2013, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development ("HRSDC") and the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism announced that they would be introducing numerous changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program ("TFWP").
Although Canadian citizens travelling to the United States as visitors for business (B-1) or visitors for pleasure (B-2) typically don’t receive a Form I-94 Departure Record, those entering under other non-immigrant classifications will receive a Form I-94 at the time of entry. Citizens of other countries, even those who hold Canadian permanent resident status, will also receive a Form I-94 when they enter the United States.
On July 2, 2013, the Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister (the “Minister”) announced that 10-year ePassports, also known as biometric passports, will now be available to Canadian citizens. The Minister also announced that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) would immediately assume primary responsibility for Passport Canada, which had previously been part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
As a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”), Canada signed the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (the “OECD Convention”) on December 17, 1997.
In early April 2013, it was reported that forty-five Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”) employees in Toronto would be losing their jobs because the company had outsourced several technology services to iGate, a California-based firm that specializes in sending jobs offshore. RBC faced a severe public backlash over the incident.
On May 10, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) announced proposed regulatory amendments that will narrow the definition of “dependent child” by reducing the age limit to children under the age of 19 and removing the exception for full-time students. Once implemented, this proposed change will adversely affect the dependent children of all prospective immigrants to Canada.
On July 1, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada ("CIC") imposed a “temporary pause” on the acceptance of new Federal Skilled Worker Program ("FSWP") applications, except for arranged employment and Ph.D. stream cases. The reasons given for this temporary pause were to allow CIC to manage inventory pressures and to align future intake with the implementation of proposed regulatory changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Class.
As previously reported1, on December 7, 2012, the Government of Canada (the “Government”) approved the proposed acquisition of Progress Energy Resources Corp. by PETRONAS, and the proposed acquisition of Nexen Inc. by the China National Offshore Oil Company (“CNOOC”), pursuant to the Investment Canada Act2 (“ICA”).
As previously reported, on January 24, 2013, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism (the “Minister”) announced that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) would launch a Start-Up Visa Program to recruit innovative immigrant entrepreneurs who will create new jobs and spur economic growth.1 On March 30, 2013, CIC published Ministerial Instructions (the “Instructions”) in the Canada Gazette,
In the United States, both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission place a premium on the self-reporting of U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act1 (“FCPA”) violations, cooperation with the authorities, and the implementation of an effective anti-corruption compliance program.