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Unjust Dismissal under the Canada Labour Code: Is there a distinction between “just cause” and “just dismissal”?

There has been an ongoing jurisprudential controversy over the issue of whether a federally-regulated employer may lawfully dismiss an employee without cause under Part III of the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”). On July 2, 2013, the Federal Court ruled that the Code permits the dismissal of an employee without cause. However, the dismissal continues…

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Canadian Government Launches World’s First Start-Up Visa

On April 1, 2013 the Government of Canada officially launched the world’s first Start-Up Visa Program aimed at recruiting innovative immigrant entrepreneurs.  Announced on January 24, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (« CIC ») new Start-Up Visa Program will link immigrant entrepreneurs with private sector organizations in Canada that have experience working with start-ups and who can…

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Employers charged under Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in relation to employment of foreign workers

Three business owners in Edmonton, Alberta were recently charged under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (“IRPA”).  These charges relate to the illegal employment and mistreatment of two temporary foreign workers from Israel. The workers were allegedly initially brought from Israel to Canada to work in a coffee shop in the Edmonton area.  The workers…

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Supreme Court to Release Important Pension Decision Friday

On Friday, February 1, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada will release its highly-anticipated pension decision in the Re Indalex Limited case, one that could have potentially far-reaching implications for lending transactions.  

Canada and United States to Expand Information Sharing at Border

Canada recently signed an agreement with the United States that commits Canada to share information regarding those entering Canada.  The agreement, called the Immigration Information Sharing Treaty, is a component of the Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan. The treaty specifically commits Canada and the United States to share information regarding third-country nationals who…

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