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Publicado el 4/5/2017
On March 22, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Finance Bill Morneau tabled the federal government’s budget for 2017 (“Budget 2017”) in the House of Commons. As Canada celebrates 150 years since Confederation, Budget 2017 emphasizes the progress that Canada has made during the past, and seeks to continue this progress as we move forward. Among other things, Budget 2017 seeks to continue to uphold Canada’s reputation “for welcoming new Canadians, extending help and hope to those fleeing war and violence, and creating good, well-paying jobs through international trade.” In pursuit of these goals, a number of changes to Canada’s immigration system have been proposed, including: the launching of a Global Skills Strategy; the improvement of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Program; the elimination of certain barriers faced by newcomers when accessing high-skilled employment opportunities; the implementation of the Canada-European Union Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”); the protection of the integrity of Canada’s asylum system; and access to better legal aid services for asylum seekers.
Budget 2017 expands further on the Global Skills Strategy first outlined in the 2016 Fall Economic Statement. This strategy aims to expedite the entry of foreign talent for companies doing business in Canada that are committing to bring new skills to Canada and create more jobs. For more information please click here.
Jacqueline Bart was quoted as an immigration law specialist in the Law Times on November 28, 2016 regarding IRCC immigration prosecutions of employers and again on January 9, 2017 to address the CBSA watchdog initiative.