Shannon M. Houston

Partner | Calgary


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COVID-19 Canadian travel and immigration update (April 22, 2020)

Mandatory Quarantine for ALL Travellers Entering Canada Effective April 15, 2020 at 12:01 EDT, all travellers arriving in Canada—whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic— are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine, with the exception of essential workers as defined by...


A word of caution for employers: human rights in the hiring process

While many employers understand that it is illegal to discriminate against current employees on the basis of grounds protected by human rights legislation, it is also important to note that applicants are afforded the same protections. A recent decision by...


News Flash: Express Entry Immigration Bulletin

On November 10, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) announced that it will be implementing changes to the existing point distribution for applications for Permanent Residency status submitted under the Express Entry system. These changes will come into effect...


To Comply or Not To Comply? The Dangers of Non-Compliance Under the New Regulations for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and International Mobility Program

In June 2014 the Canadian government announced its overhaul of the  Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”), splitting the TFWP into two distinct programs: those involving Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) based work permits, and those involving  LMIA-exempt based work permits....


Employer Obligations in Terminations of Temporary Foreign Workers

Outside of the rights and obligations provided to Canadians and Canadian Permanent Residents in terminations, what additional factors do employers need to be aware of when terminating a temporary foreign worker (“TFW”)? With a number of employers going through group...


Express Entry – The New Reality for Economic Immigration to Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is expected to launch a new economic immigration system known as Express Entry (EE) on January 1, 2015.  Billed as a new system of managing applications under the existing economic permanent residency programs (namely Federal...


Employment And Social Development Announces Moratorium

Employment and Social Development (ESD) Minister, Jason Kenney, announced moratorium on processing of labour market opinions and work permits for food service, retail and other service industries.


Alberta Court of Appeal: Employees Responsible for Employer’s Money may be Fiduciaries

Recently the Alberta Court of Appeal (“Court of Appeal”) released a decision that expanded the duties employees have to their employers. In 581257 Alberta v Aujla, 2013 ABCA 16 (“Aujla”), two employees were caught on camera stealing money from the...


Section 91 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act: Clarification From CIC Regarding Human Resources Personnel

On June 30, 2011, Bill C-35, a proposed amendment to the Immigration Refugee Protection Act (“IRPA”) was passed into Canadian law. The amendment addresses who is authorized to assist individuals in the preparation of their immigration applications to Canada.  Now...