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Helpful Estate Planning Tips

Family Class Sponsorship

Estate Planing Tips for Common Law Partners in Ontario, Canada As per Statistics, the number of Canadians living as common-law partners, divorcing and remarrying is rising much more than before. In such circumstance, second time married or common-law couples have a diverse set of challenges as compared to one-time married couples. Estate planning in this situation can be quite complex.Recent surveys on Wills show that more than 50% of Canadians do not have a will. Dying and making a will are topics that most people do not like to discuss. But, it is one of the essential things to take care...

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Pre-Build Condo Buyers Lose Legal Battle Against Developer

Buyers of the recently canceled Cosmos condos have lost their legal battle with the developer. They filed a lawsuit claiming compensation after the two-year-old project was scrapped. Real estate lawyers said that this case would set up a discouraging legal precedent for future condo buyers. The Condo Case FactsIn this case, Liberty Developments launched the Cosmos condo project close to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre about two years back. They accepted bookings and deposits from buyers for condo units and scrapped the project this year after an inability to secure satisfactory construction financing. Two years later, buyers were sent refunds and notice...

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Entry/Exit Program

The Entry-Exit Program of the Government of Canada is used to collect and share information of all travelers entering and exiting Canada. Who Manages the Entry-Exit Program? The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) administers and manages the complete entry and exit information in their records. It gets recorded in the Global Case Management System (GCMS) and can be assessed only by the authorized personnel post their security clearance. They access the data based on their requirement to carry out the daily tasks. What Does IRCC Do with the Entry-Exit Program Information Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), requests and collects data from the GCMS...

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Know More About How You Can Be Selected in Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

Diverse Selection Methods on Display at Express Entry PNPs Recent Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) selections have witnessed three selection approaches of Express Entry in different provinces. Though different provinces have used diverse approaches to shortlist Express Entry candidates for permanent residence, recent trend was entirely different. During November 2018, three different methods were adopted by Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.  Provincial Nomination Programs In various Provincial Nominee Programs, participating provinces and territories have different immigration streams in the federal Express Entry System. Three main economic immigration programs are managed by Express Entry – The Federal Skilled Trades, Federal Skilled Worker and the...

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How to Give Biometrics for Canada Visa Application Processing

In April 2018, the Canadian federal government announced a comprehensive biometrics collection plan for all entrants to Canada. Who Needs to Give Biometrics? As of December 31, 2018, individual applicants, from Asia, Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africas need to provide their biometrics if they apply for a visa or entry under below categories: Visitor visaA work or study permit (excluding U.S. Nationals) Permanent residence Refugee or asylum status.However, there are certain exemptions:Canadian citizens, citizenship applicants (including passport applicants), or existing permanent residents Visa-exempt nationals coming to Canada to visit only Children under the age of 14 Applicants...

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Canada Joins World’s Largest Trade Pact with 5 Other Countries – As the US Stays Away

Recently, a consortium of 6 countries activated the Comprehensive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Brunei, Peru, Chile, Malaysia, Vietnam are also set to ratify the treaty. With Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan and Canada in the deal, it now encompasses more than 13.5% of the global GDP.Across the Pacific, a new world trade order is taking shape without the US. Strategic leadership of America is increasingly eroding with the latest developments. With the Trump administration’s thinly veiled attempts to derail the treaty, eleven countries, including Canada are taking the lead to put the CPTPP back on track. A New World...

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Dual Canadian Citizens – Make Sure Your Canadian Passport is Valid Before You Fly to Canada

Are you a dual Canadian citizen? If yes, then you will need a valid Canadian passport to come to Canada. As per the new entry rules for dual citizenship holders, just holding a non-Canadian passport will not be considered sufficient to board your flight to Canada.When you travel to Canada, you will need to carry the Canadian passport with you always. Know More About Travelling with A Valid Canadian Passport All dual Canadian citizens will need their Canadian passports for travel to Canada. Children are also not exceptions to this rule.The only exception to this rule would be for dual citizens who...

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Ontario Court awards disputed frozen embryo to ex-wife

In a precedent-setting case, an ex-wife has been allowed to be implanted with a frozen embryo which was purchased by the now-divorced couple.An Ontario Court ruled in S.H. Vs D.H. that the ownership of the embryo was decided from the clauses in the contract which the ex-couple signed. In the pursuit of fertility, the ex-couple got the embryo which was created from donated eggs and sperm and resulted in a son.Superior Court Justice Robert Del Frate said that no law decides on the disposition of the embryo when none of the parties has a biological connection to it. Buyer’s remorse...

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Driving Impaired – Think Twice Before You Get Behind the Wheel

With the holiday season in full swing now, parties are underway everywhere. Avoid consuming alcohol or drugs that can impair your ability to safely operate your vehicle. Avoid drinking unless there is a designated driver to safely drive you home or call a friend, or a taxi or plan to spend the night out. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation recommends that the best way to avoid impaired driving is not to take a chance.According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, an average of four people are killed each day in crashes involving alcohol and or drugs. There can be...

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Quebec reduces Immigration Numbers for 2019, increases tensions with Ottawa

Quebec recently announced plans to reduce the number of immigrants to be accepted in 2019, giving rise to tensions with Ottawa. This decision is in line with the promise made in the election campaign by Premier François Legault.40,000 is the number of immigrants expected to be welcomed by the province. It is 24 per cent lesser than the number of immigrants who are supposed to enter Quebec by the end of 2018.It is setting up a collision course between the new Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government and the Liberal government at the centre who have a meeting scheduled in December. Expected...

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