Second Chance Comes for Would-be Sponsors of Parents & Grandparents

On September 23, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizen Canada began the work of sending out invitations for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents for Canadian permanent resident status. By October 4, the round of invitation ended with enough invitations sent out to meet the department’s goal of receiving 30,000 additional complete parent/grandparent sponsorship applications, the highest number of applications accepted in a year since 2014 – when limits were first applied to the intake of

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Welcome Olivia and Monika

McCuaig Desrochers LLP is pleased to welcome both Olivia Wang and Monika Sharma as articling students. Prior to attending law school, Olivia received her Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction in finance from the University of Alberta School of Business in 2018. She obtained her Juris Doctor with Distinction from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 2021. Olivia volunteered with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, Pro Bono Students Canada, and Student Legal Services during law school. Monika received her Juris

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Congratulations Daniela!

We are proud to announce that Daniela Perez Taylor has been Admitted to the Bar and welcome her as an Associate. To view Daniela’s bio please click here.

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Temporary resident to permanent resident pathways: updates and new work permit availability

As we’ve previously written about, earlier this year Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Marco Mendicino, announced four new temporary public policies that provide pathways to permanent residents for four groups of temporary residents currently working in Canada.  The new pathways were introduced as a means of maintaining immigration levels in the face of COVID-19 travel restrictions, making it easier for educated and experienced workers currently inside Canada to obtain permanent resident status. These temporary pathways opened on May 6,

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Important August 31 deadline looms for certain out-of-status foreign nationals in Canada

Certain individuals currently inside Canada with expired temporary resident status have until August 31, 2021 to apply for a restoration of their status as a worker, student, or visitor under an existing temporary policy. The policy provides a temporary exemption from the usual requirement that a worker, student, or visitor must apply for a restoration within 90 days of their loss of their temporary resident status. Introduced on July 14, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the temporary public

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Alberta’s Reconstruction of its Builders’ Lien Legislation

Alberta has a new builders’ lien Act coming into force in July of 2021, the Prompt Payment and Construction Lien Act (the “New Act”). The New Act will have significant implications on Alberta’s longstanding construction industry practices. The major changes from the Builders’ Lien Act (the “Old Act”) to the New Act can be summarized as follows: Introduction of a new prompt payment regime. Introduction of new adjudication procedure for payment related claims. Modification of lien registration periods, holdback periods

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Welcome Daniela Perez Taylor

McCuaig Desrochers is pleased to welcome Daniela Perez Taylor to the firm for a temporary articling position for 3 months. Daniela has been a student with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, and through our relationship with this great organization, we welcome her to the office to gain some added experience and to assist our clients over the spring and summer months.

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Recent Amendments to the Alberta Business Corporations Act

As a result of Alberta’s The Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act (RTRIA), two significant changes came into force on March 26, 2021 (retroactive to August 15, 2020) that affect all Corporations created under the Alberta Business Corporations Act (ABCA): Corporations are no longer required to have 1/4 of directors be resident in Alberta, and Agents for Service must be appointed for each and every Corporation. Removal of Director Residency Requirements Before these changes came into effect, any Corporation incorporated under

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New Temporary Pathways to Apply for Permanent Residence in Canada

The Canadian government has long recognized the importance of people immigrating to Canada as a way to keep our economy working effectively. In November 2020, the government set a target to approve 401,000 people as permanent residents in 2021 as part of its Immigration Levels Plan. This plan is even more imperative, since these immigrants to Canada would help to boost and support economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, due to the continuing impact of COVID-19, including ongoing border

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Corporate Remedies

Working with business partners has its benefits, but it also has its challenges. It’s not unusual for small disagreements to bubble up with a business partner when dealing with the usual day-to-day stresses of running a business. But what happens if there is a more serious break-down in communication? What if your business partner wants to take the business in a direction you disagree with? What if your business partners try to squeeze you out of the business? In this

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