December 14, 2023
For a limited time, some temporary residents who are out of status in Canada may apply to restore their status, even if they are outside of the 90-day restoration window.


For a limited time, some temporary residents who are out of status in Canada may apply to restore their status, even if they are outside of the 90-day restoration window.
July 14 Changes to Restoration
Due to the problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is offering some additional relief to temporary residents who are out of status. The 90-day restoration window has been extended to December 31, 2020 for anyone whose status expired after January 30, 2020. For example if Marco, a temporary resident of Canada with a work permit, discovered on February 15 that his work permit had expired on February 14, he would normally have until about May 15 to submit an application for restoration. This temporary policy will allow Marco to apply for restoration anytime up to December 31, 2020, provided that he meets the other general requirements for restoration.
IRCC has also implemented temporary rules to allow some workers to begin working while waiting for their restoration applications to be processed. To begin working during restoration, a worker must have a job offer that is either supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or is exempt from the requirement to obtain an LMIA, and must notify IRCC about the work. It is important to note here that a simple offer of employment from an employer is not enough; an LMIA must be obtained or an exemption to the LMIA requirement must be applicable to the situation.  
General Information on Restoration and Implied Status
A worker, student or visitor in Canada who intends to remain in the country after the expiration of their status must apply to extend their status before their current document expires. If they are unable to do so, they are considered to be out of status on the day following the date on which their document expired. For example Julia, a temporary resident in Canada with a work permit, looks at her work permit on July 21 and realizes that it expires on July 21. Although likely in a panic, Julia is still able to extend her status as a worker as long as she submits the application before midnight (and she should screenshot the submission page with the time and date visible). In another example, Marco, a temporary resident with a work permit, wakes up on the morning of July 22 and notices that his work permit expired on July 21. Marco is out of status in Canada on the morning of July 22.
Restoration provides some relief for Marco. He will typically have a 90-day window to submit an application to extend his status that expired on July 21. Marco must submit a restoration fee of $200 in addition to his work permit fees, and if he otherwise meets the requirements for restoration, he can expect to be restored to the status of worker.
It is important to note some differences between implied status and restoration. Because Julia submitted an application to extend her status before her status expired, she will be on implied status as of July 22. Implied status means that Julia can remain in Canada under the conditions of her expired work permit until she receives a decision on her new application. Because Julia held a work permit, she may continue to work while on implied status. If she held an open work permit she may work for any employer while on implied status. If her work permit was employer-specific she may only work for that employer while on implied status, even if she is applying for an open work permit through the new application. The same rules are applicable to students and visitors. However, if a worker or student leaves Canada during implied status, they are not permitted to work or study when they re-enter. So if Julia goes to Seattle for the BC Day long weekend, she will re-enter Canada as a visitor and will not be permitted to work until such time as she holds a valid work permit.
Restoration does not offer the benefits of implied status in terms of work or study. Although Marco in our example has 90 days to restore his status, he loses authorization to work after July 21. And unlike implied status, submitting the new application does not give Marco the authorization to work while the application is being processed. He may only begin working again only after receiving a new work permit. If Marco had held a study permit in this example, he would likewise be unable to continue his studies until a new study permit is issued.  
These are merely examples of typical restoration and implied status scenarios. Real life situations are often much more complex.
December 14, 2023

The decision to move to a new country is a big one, so it’s important to consider all the factors before making the move.

Are you considering immigrating to Canada? The decision to move to a new country is a big one, so it’s important to consider all the factors before making the move. Here are ten tips to help you prepare for your move and ensure a successful transition to Canada. Whether you are immigrating for work or family reasons, these tips will help you navigate the process and provide insight into what life in Canada is like. Read on for some helpful advice to get you started on your journey to a new life in Canada!


1) Understanding the immigration process in Canada

Canada has become a popular destination for immigrants, offering opportunities for a better quality of life, career growth, and excellent healthcare services. The process of Canadian immigration is an intricate and multi-step procedure that involves several stages.

The Canadian government welcomes skilled workers, entrepreneurs, investors, students, and family members to come and settle in Canada. However, before starting the application process, it is essential to understand the immigration process in Canada thoroughly. Having that initial consultation with Quadro Law is a great way to determine your eligibility to immigrate to Canada. You will need to fulfill specific criteria and provide evidence of your education, language proficiency, work experience, and financial stability.

There are several types of visas and immigration programs available, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, Provincial Nominee Program, and Family Sponsorship. Each program has its requirements, processing times, legal fees and application fees.

The next step is submitting your application, along with the required documents and fees. Your application will then be reviewed by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, who will assess your profile, conduct background checks, and determine whether you meet the requirements for admission.

Once you become a permanent resident, you can enjoy many benefits, such as access to healthcare services, free education for children, and the ability to apply for Canadian citizenship after a certain period.

In summary, understanding the process of Canadian Immigration is critical to avoid unnecessary delays and complications. It is essential to gather information about the eligibility criteria, immigration programs, required documents, fees, and processing times before starting your application.


2) Knowing your eligibility to immigrate

Before deciding to immigrate to Canada, it’s important to know whether you meet the immigration eligibility requirements. There are different requirements for different immigration programs, such as skilled worker programs, family sponsorship, and business immigration.

For example, the Federal Skilled Worker Program requires candidates to have at least one year of skilled work experience in a qualifying occupation, meet the language proficiency requirements in either English or French, and minimum points on the selection factors assessment.

To find out if you meet the eligibility criteria for Express Entry, you can use the free online eligibility tool on Quadro Law’s website. This tool asks a series of questions about your age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and other factors.

Keep in mind that meeting the eligibility criteria doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be approved for a visa. Other factors can affect your application, such as criminal inadmissibility, medical inadmissibility, or misrepresentation.

If you have concerns about your eligibility or need help with the application process, it’s highly recommended that you consult with an immigration lawyer. At Quadro Law we can assess your situation, provide advice, and help you navigate the complex immigration system.


3) Types of visas and immigration programs available

If you’re considering immigrating to Canada, it’s important to understand your options. The most popular program is the Express Entry program, which allows skilled workers to immigrate to Canada. The process involves a points system based on education, work experience, age, and language proficiency.

For those who have family members already living in Canada, the family Immigration program may be an option. This program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada and live with them.

There are also specific programs for students who want to study in Canada. Student visas are available for those who have been accepted to a Canadian school and can lead to opportunities for permanent residency after graduation.

If you have parents or grandparents wanting to visit Canada, the super visa may be an option for you. This program allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada and stay with their family members for up to five years per visit.

It’s important to research the different types of Canadian immigration and determine which program is the best fit for you. Consider factors such as your education, work experience, and family ties to Canada.

Having a lawyer determine the best option for you at the time is a valuable use of time, effort and cost.


4) Finding a job and work permits

If you are planning to come to Canada before you become a permanent resident, then obtaining a work permit may be essential. It is important to research the job market in your field and identify potential employers. This can be done through online job postings, networking with colleagues in your field, and contacting recruitment agencies.

To obtain a work permit in Canada, you must often have a job offer from a Canadian employer. The employer may need to provide you with a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which confirms that there are no Canadian citizens or permanent residents who can fill the position.

It is important to note that some professions may require additional qualifications or certifications in order to work in Canada. Before applying for a job in your field, you may need to obtain Canadian credentials or certification. This process can be lengthy, so it is important to begin the process as early as possible. Additionally, if you plan to start your own business in Canada, there are several immigration programs available that can help you obtain a work permit. The Start-Up Visa program, for example, is designed for entrepreneurs who wish to start a business in Canada.

Depending on your immigration plan, finding a job and obtaining a work permit may be an essential step in the immigration process. By doing your research and planning ahead, you can increase your chances of finding a job in Canada and successfully obtaining a work permit.

Related to this topic, watch for immigration scams. One common scam will involve a consultant asking you to pay them for a job offer. Applicants have paid thousands of dollars to third parties, only to find that there is no real job awaiting them. Even worse, if Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada discovers the deception, the applicant will be barred from entering Canada for five years. As the old saying goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.


5) Cost of living and financial requirements

One of the most important things to keep in mind when immigrating to Canada is the cost of living. While Canada has a high standard of living, it also has high costs associated with it. Before you make the move, you need to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the financial requirements associated with your new life in Canada.

The first step is to research the cost of living in different provinces and cities in Canada. The cost of living varies greatly across the country, with major cities such as Vancouver and Toronto being among the most expensive. When calculating your financial requirements, you will need to consider your housing costs, transportation costs, food costs, and any other expenses you may incur on a daily basis.

If you are immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker, you will need to demonstrate that you have enough funds to support yourself and your family for at least one year. This requirement varies depending on the immigration program you are applying for, but it is important to ensure that you meet this requirement before submitting your application.

Another financial consideration is the exchange rate. When immigrating to Canada, you will likely need to exchange your currency for Canadian dollars. Depending on the exchange rate, this could either be a good or a bad thing for your financial situation. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on the exchange rate and make your financial plans accordingly.

In summary, financial requirements are a critical aspect of immigrating to Canada. Before you make the move, it is important to research the cost of living, understand the financial requirements associated with your immigration program, and ensure that you have enough funds to support yourself and your family.


6) Healthcare and insurance coverage

When you are considering how to immigrate to Canada, it’s important to understand the healthcare system and insurance coverage. Canada has a publicly funded healthcare system, which means that all Canadian citizens and permanent residents have access to basic medical services at no cost.

However, newcomers to Canada are not immediately covered by the healthcare system. Depending on your visa type, you may need to wait a certain amount of time before you are eligible for coverage. Also, each province administers its own health care plan, and eligibility rules vary across the country. It’s important to research your eligibility and ensure that you have adequate insurance coverage in the meantime.

Private insurance companies offer health coverage to visitors and newcomers, but the cost can be high. Some employers also offer healthcare benefits to their employees, so it’s important to ask about these benefits when considering job offers.

It’s important to note that dental and vision care are not covered by Canada’s healthcare system at this time. These services must be paid for out of pocket or through private insurance plans.

As a newcomer to Canada, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the healthcare system and insurance coverage options available to you. Consider researching different insurance plans and talking to a professional for more guidance. Don’t forget to factor in healthcare costs when creating your budget for living in Canada.


7) Education system in Canada

When it comes to education, Canada is renowned for having one of the best systems in the world. As an immigrant, it’s important to know what to expect and how to navigate the Canadian education system.

If you’re moving to Canada with children, they may be eligible to attend public schools for free, which is a huge benefit for families immigrating to Canada. Public schools in Canada are funded by the government and offer a high-quality education for students from kindergarten through to grade 12.

For those looking to further their education, Canada is home to many renowned universities and colleges. It’s important to research and understand the application process, as well as any student visas that may be required.

One of the things to remember when immigrating to Canada is that tuition fees for international students are typically higher than for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. It’s important to budget accordingly and research any available scholarships or financial aid options.

You should also consider language proficiency. English and French are both official languages in Canada, and universities and colleges may require students to take language proficiency tests.

Overall, the Canadian education system is highly regarded and offers many opportunities for students of all ages. It’s important to consider the options available and plan accordingly.


8) Language proficiency and cultural integration

Canada is a bilingual country, with both English and French as official languages. Depending on which province or territory you choose to settle in, you may be required to have a certain level of proficiency in either language. It’s important to research the language requirements before finalizing an immigration plan.

Language proficiency can also impact your job prospects in Canada. Many employers require their employees to have a certain level of proficiency in either language. Therefore, it is recommended that you improve your language skills (if necessary) to increase your chances of finding work in Canada.

Cultural integration is also a key consideration for those immigrating to Canada. Canada is a diverse country with a rich cultural heritage. It’s important to learn about Canadian customs, values, and traditions to help you integrate into Canadian society. Immigrants are encouraged to embrace Canadian culture while also maintaining their own cultural identity.

There are many resources available to help with language proficiency and cultural integration. You can take language classes, attend cultural events, and connect with local community groups.


9) Climate and weather patterns in different regions

One important consideration when immigrating to Canada is the climate and weather patterns in different regions. Canada is a vast country, and its weather patterns can vary greatly depending on where you choose to live.

For example, if you’re moving to Canada from a warmer climate, you may find the winters in certain parts of the country to be challenging. Some parts of Canada, particularly in the prairies and northern regions, can experience extremely cold temperatures and heavy snowfall.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a milder climate, you may want to consider cities like Vancouver or Victoria. These coastal regions of British Columbia are particularly mild and often have a temperate rainforest climate.

It’s important to research the Canadian climates and weather patterns of the regions you’re considering before making a decision. Consider factors such as average temperatures, precipitation, and hours of daylight.

Keep in mind that weather patterns can also affect other aspects of life, such as transportation and outdoor activities. Make sure to pack appropriate clothing for the weather and be prepared for any weather-related delays or cancellations.

Overall, considering the climate and weather patterns of the regions you’re interested in is an important part of planning your move to Canada. Taking the time to research and prepare can help ensure a smoother transition to your new home.


10) Researching the best places to live in Canada.

When it comes to moving to a new country, one of the most important things to consider is where you will live. Canada has many different regions, each with its own unique charm and character. As such, it is important to do your research and find the best place to call home.

Here are some tips for researching the best places to live in Canada:

  1. Use online resources. There are many websites and blogs that offer information on the best places to live in Canada. These resources can help you learn about the cost of living, job opportunities, housing options, and more.
  2. Consider your priorities. Everyone has different priorities when it comes to choosing a place to live. Some people prioritize outdoor activities, while others prefer cultural attractions. Make a list of your must-haves and use that as a guide when researching different regions in Canada.
  3. Talk to locals. If possible, try to connect with people who already live in Canada. They can give you valuable insights into what life is really like in different parts of the country.
  4. Think about your lifestyle. Are you looking for a bustling city or a quieter town? Do you want to live close to the mountains or the ocean? Consider your personal preferences when researching different regions.
  5. Keep an open mind. You may have your heart set on one particular region, but there may be other areas of Canada that you haven’t considered that would be a good fit for you.

Remember, immigrating to Canada is a big decision and choosing the right place to live is a key part of the process. By doing your research and keeping these tips in mind, you can find the best place to call home in Canada.

December 14, 2023

A non-Canadian who enters into a contract for the purchase of residential property and becomes liable to complete the purchase before January 1 is also exempted from the ban, whether the sale actually completes before or after January 1.

Purchase of Residential Real Estate Restricted on January 1, 2023

The Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act (the “Act”) comes into effect on January 1, 2023. The Act, which will remain in force for two years, bans most non-Canadians from purchasing residential property in Canada while it is in force.

To understand the scope of the Act, it is important to understand the term “non-Canadian” as the Act defines it. A non-Canadian is a person who is neither a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, nor a person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act. Foreign corporations, as well as Canadian (and provincial) corporations controlled by non-Canadians, are also defined as non-Canadian. Residential property includes detached homes, condos, townhouses, and all other structures constructed for the purpose of residential housing. A non-Canadian who purchases residential property while the Act is in force will be subject to penalties, which include a fine of up to $10,000 on conviction, and a forced sale of the property. Lawyers and real estate professionals who aid in the purchase of property in contravention of the Act are also subject to a fine of up to $10,000 on conviction.

The Act does contain some exemptions. The ban will not apply to a person who purchases residential property with their spouse or common-law partner who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or who is otherwise not prohibited from purchasing residentialproperty under the Act. The ban will also not apply to refugees or to certain temporary residents. A non-Canadian who enters into a contract for the purchase of residential property and becomes liable to complete the purchase before January 1 is also exempted from the ban, whether the sale actually completes before or after January 1.

The Government of Canada has not yet published the regulations to the Act as of November 8, 2022. The regulations, when published, will specify the types of temporary residents who are exempted from the ban. The regulations may also limit the ban to certain geographical areas, such as the metropolitan areas of major cities. Notably, the Act does not affect the validity of contracts or purchases made by non-Canadians. A non-Canadian may therefore be able to enter into and complete a sale while the ban is in force, only to be convicted after completion. If you are considering a purchase of residential property and you are caught within the definition of non-Canadian, it is vital that you be aware of the Act and the ways in which it will impact you.