News Article | April 27, 2017
Yesterday evening, there was an incident involving Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer working at a Canada Post's Léo-Blanchette Postal Facility in Montreal, QC. The border services officer was hospitalized as a result of exposure to an opioid contained in a package the officer was examining. The officer and their family request privacy at this time. We wish the officer well in their recovery. In accordance with the Canada Labour Code, a Hazardous Occurrence Investigation is being conducted locally by the CBSA. Any recommendations stemming from this investigation would be implemented nationally. The CBSA will also continue to collaborate with Canada Post and Health Canada on a review of the matter and will be taking actions, as required. More details will be shared, as appropriate, when they are known. CBSA officers are trained to assess risks associated with people and goods attempting to enter Canada to ensure the country's safety and security. All international mail items are presented by the Canada Post Corporation to the CBSA to process through the Agency's Postal Program. The health and safety of its employees is paramount to the CBSA. Like any law enforcement activity, there are inherent risks, but we mitigate these risks with protocols and training to protect our officers. To this end, safe handling procedures and controls are in place, including personal protective equipment to prevent accidental exposure. Moreover, given the pace at which these risks evolve, the Agency continuously works with its partners to examine the adequacy of processes, equipment and operational controls on an ongoing basis to ensure the safety and security of its employees. Follow us on Twitter (@CanBorder), join us on Facebook or visit our YouTube channel.
News Article | May 1, 2017
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec, May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Beginning today, Logistik Unicorp will embark on a cross-country Canadian supplier tour in support of its offering for the government’s upcoming Operational Clothing and Footwear Consolidated Contract (OCFC2). The tour, scheduled to run from May 1 - 5, will include stops in major manufacturing hubs including Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal. Logistik is hoping to meet with more than 100 clothing and textile companies from across the country to expand its Canadian supplier base and in turn build a strong value proposition for the impending one-billion-dollar government contract. “This supplier tour represents an important step in expanding and strengthening Logistik’s Canadian supply chain. Maintaining a strong domestic economy and a healthy textile sector are both important strategic objectives for OCFC2,” said Louis Bibeau, founder and president of Logistik Unicorp. Logistik is working closely with Canada’s federal regional economic development agencies to organize the regional events and facilitate meetings with a wide range of companies. Each regional agency is working to leverage OCFC2 and the Department of National Defence’s requirement for a new and more efficient managed clothing solution, to bring new opportunities to the clothing and textile companies operating in their respective regions. “When we’re finished building our team, I am confident that Logistik’s offering will drive superior benefits to all parts of Canada, coast-to-coast,” added Mr. Bibeau. “Logistik’s managed clothing solution for OCFC2 will not only create new, long-term jobs in Canada, it will support sustainable growth efforts for the sector with a focus on product development, innovation and export.” Interested suppliers that are unable to meet with Logistik during the week-long tour are encouraged to register on the team’s new supplier registration page at: www.OCFC2.com. Canada’s leader in managed clothing solutions, Logistik Unicorp is a privately owned company headquartered in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. In Canada alone, Logistik supplies high-quality, innovative and functional garments to over 300,000 individual users in a wide variety of government and corporate organizations such as the Canada Border Services Agency, Canada Post, Correctional Service Canada, Parks Canada and the Department of National Defence (DND). Logistik’s managed services method consists of providing the complete range of program activities tailored directly to their clients’ needs: R&D, design, production, sub-contracting, procurement, quality assurance, secure warehousing and distribution. Personalized account management and customized information technology solutions further enhance Logistik’s offering. With subsidiaries in Germany, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, and Vietnam, Logistik also exports to customers around the world. More information about Logistik is available at: www.logistikunicorp.com.
News Article | May 4, 2017
OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - May 04, 2017) - The Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA) welcomes the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT)'s recent finding that the dumping of concrete reinforcing bar originating in or exported from the Republic of Belarus, Chinese Taipei, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Japan, the Portuguese Republic and the Kingdom of Spain has caused injury to the domestic industry. As a result of this finding, duties imposed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in their final determination issued on April 3, 2017 will remain in place. The CBSA investigation was initiated in response to a complaint filed by Canadian producers ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada, G.P., Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation and AltaSteel Ltd. "We continue to appreciate CBSA's and the CITT's commitment through the investigation and public hearing process to ensuring that fair trade in imports of rebar will be respected," said CSPA President Joseph Galimberti. "It is essential for domestic steel producers and their employees, that market-based competition in Canada is preserved. This is an important outcome for the 22,000 Canadians employed directly and the 100,000 employed indirectly in steel." The CSPA also welcomes the CBSA's re-investigation to update the normal values and export prices respecting certain concrete reinforcing bar originating in or exported from the People's Republic of China (China), the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Turkey, as well as the amount of subsidy of certain concrete reinforcing bar originating in or exported from China, in accordance with the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA). This reinvestigation, initiated on May 1, 2017 and concluding by September 1, 2017, will also include an inquiry pursuant to section 20 of SIMA respecting the steel industry in China. Several recent section 20 inquiries on the Chinese steel industry by the CBSA have indicated that the domestic prices for rebar in China are substantially determined by the Government of China (GOC) and as a result, there is sufficient reason to believe that these prices are not substantially the same as they would be if they were determined in a competitive market. The CSPA also notes that the reinvestigation will consider, in cases where changes occurred in domestic prices, market conditions or costs associated with the production and sales of the subject goods, or amounts of subsidy received, the responsibility of concerned parties to inform the CBSA of such changes in writing and in a timely manner. If the reinvestigation finds that concerned parties do not or did not properly notify the CBSA of substantial changes, or if they did not provide the information required to make any necessary adjustments to values, retroactive assessments of anti-dumping or countervailing duties may be issued. The CBSA noted in its Notice of Reinvestigation that Agency has indications that substantial changes may have occurred during the period of investigation (October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017) and that they were not advised by the exporters of these changes as required. If these substantial changes are confirmed by the CBSA during the re-investigation, retroactive assessments will be applied and impacted parties will be notified of such a decision. The CSPA and its member companies believe in fair and effective enforcement of trade remedy laws which support Canada's ability to quickly respond to dumped and subsidized imports. As such, we believe this reinvestigation, allowing for the application of retroactive duties if warranted, to be an important step in ensuring the fair trade of steel products in Canada. "Our membership will continue to monitor and vigorously defend against unfairly traded, dumped and subsidized steel products," said Galimberti. "The recent improvements that the Government of Canada has made to our trade remedy framework are very helpful, and we look forward to further legislative enhancements to address unfair trade in Canada, as announced in Budget 2017, coming into force in the near term." The Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA) is the national voice of Canada's $14B steel industry. Our member companies annually produce approximately 13 million tonnes of primary steel as well as over 1 million tonnes of steel pipe and tube products in facilities located across Canada. Domestic steel operations directly employ some 22,000 Canadians while supporting an additional 100,000 indirect jobs.
News Article | November 10, 2016
VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - November 10, 2016) - Canadian immigration lawyer warns prospective immigrants that bad practices can lead to complications As an immigration lawyer, Catherine Sas of Sas & Ing wants to warn prospective newcomers against placing undue trust in immigration professionals. In many cases, people are being advised in ways that do not align with best practices. This can lead to complications and delays in the application process. For more information, go to: http://canadian-visa-lawyer.com/really-you-signed-blank-forms-best-practices-for-immigration-clients/ "Often the clients that come to see us have previously worked with other immigration professionals," explains Catherine. "One of the most blatant misguided practices is to have applicants sign blank immigration application forms and then rely on the immigration professional to complete the application on their behalf." If this is proposed, warning bells should go off immediately. At this point, consulting with a different professional is recommended. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) provides that an applicant must answer all questions put to them truthfully. This includes the completion of all the application forms and the provision of all supporting documents. When inaccurate information is provided, an applicant can be found to have misrepresented themselves in their application. Section 40(1)(a) of IRPA stipulates as follows: A permanent Resident or a foreign national is inadmissible for misrepresentation (a) for directly or indirectly misrepresenting or withholding material fact relating to a relevant matter that induces or could induce an error in the administration of this Act. The penalty for misrepresentation -- either direct or indirect -- is a five-year ban from applying for immigration. IRCC and CBSA officers routinely hear stories from applicants that claim they were only following the advice or recommendation of immigration professionals. In instances where such cases have ended up in court, responsibility has historically been placed squarely on the applicant. Ultimately, an immigration application is the applicant's responsibility. While an immigration lawyer or another professional can provide guidance, it is up to the applicant to ensure that an application is free of inaccuracies that could potentially jeopardize their case. Sas & Ing Immigration Law Centre has over 30 years of continued in-depth and comprehensive expertise in most aspects of Canadian Immigration practice. Sas & Ing have facilitated applications to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Service Canada and Canada Border Services Agency. Catherine & Victor work closely with other lawyers specializing in Business, Employment, Tax and Real Estate to provide comprehensive legal advice to companies and individuals as they navigate the regulatory requirements necessary for temporary or permanent establishment in Canada. For additional information, please visit canadian-visa-lawyer.com or call (604) 689-5444
News Article | March 2, 2017
The former border crossing used by refugees as they walk from the United States to enter Canada at Emerson, Manitoba, Canada February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian and U.S. officials are working on a plan to tackle asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally, with American officials keen to discover how they entered the United States in the first place, said a source familiar with the matter. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is set to visit Canada this month for talks on the border and the influx of people, said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. Hundreds of people, mainly from Africa but also the Middle East, have walked across the border, seeking asylum. They are fleeing President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigrants, migrants and refugees agencies say. It is not common to have so many asylum seekers based in the U.S. looking for refuge in Canada over such a short period. Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said the majority of people crossing in recent weeks held valid passports and U.S. visas. The influx poses a political risk for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who faces pressure from the left, which wants him to let more in, and from the right, which fears an increased security risk. He must also ensure the issue does not complicate his relations with Trump. "We are talking with our counterparts in the United States to ensure that we're addressing this situation properly," Trudeau told reporters in Calgary, Alberta. Security experts have said the asylum-seekers could pose a threat if the flow picks up once the weather improves and authorities do not take additional steps. Canadian and U.S. officials speak daily about the border crossers and law enforcement agencies from both nations met in Montreal last month to plot strategies, the source said. The U.S. side asked Canada to provide details of the asylum seekers, in particular, how they had entered the United States and what their status was there. The Montreal summit grouped representatives from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canada Border Services Agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. RCMP spokeswoman Annie Delisle confirmed the meeting took place, and said the two sides agreed on an "action plan which outlines a collaborative approach to dealing with the influx". An official in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the crossings were very limited and did not represent a major security concern. "Frankly, it is far more embarrassing to this country than it is threatening," said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The official, and a second person directly involved in border affairs, said U.S. authorities had not mounted a major effort to beef up border security, in part because they lack manpower and equipment. A senior Canadian security source classified the risk as medium- to long-term, since it was likely that those crossing the border really were seeking asylum. Vast stretches of the 5,500-mile (8,900-km) frontier are unguarded and the more images spread of people walking across, the more vulnerable Canada could become, said the source. "If we keep this up for a while, and it becomes known that the border really is porous, then people will use it as an opportunity to put (operatives) in," said the source. Exact numbers are hard to calculate, since not all authorities release details. In January and February, 143 people walked illegally over the border into Manitoba, local police said. As of Feb. 13, some 3,800 people had made an asylum claim in 2017, up from the same period last year, said Bardsley. That number, though, includes all people seeking asylum, and the government would not break down the figures.
News Article | March 1, 2017
"Today's announcement that the Gordie Howe International Bridge will include a non-motorized, multi-use pathway is good news for this important international project and especially for cycling enthusiasts in the Windsor-Detroit region. It is a great way to support clean urban transport. "I applaud the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority for their ongoing efforts to ensure public engagement on all aspects of this project, including working in partnership with Canada Border Services Agency and US Customs and Border Protection to make this path a reality. "This continued collaboration was further affirmed by Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump who recently reiterated their strong support for the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. "In the short-term, the bridge will stimulate the local, regional and national economies by creating jobs and opportunities for businesses. In the long-term, it will contribute to the economic growth and continued prosperity of both Canada and the United States. "We are committed to the Gordie Howe International Bridge and to making federal infrastructure investments that help grow our economy, create good middle-class jobs and enhance productivity in communities across Canada."
News Article | March 2, 2017
Refugees walk along railway tracks from the United States to enter Canada at Emerson, Manitoba, Canada, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford EMERSON, Manitoba (Reuters) - Jaime French was jarred out of bed in Emerson, Manitoba early one morning this month by pounding at her front door, just yards from the U.S. border. A face peered in through the window, flanked in the darkness by others. Outside were 16 asylum seekers, arriving at one of the first houses they saw after crossing a lightly monitored border between Canada and the United States. "They banged pretty hard, then 'ring ring ring' the doorbell," said French, a mother of two young girls. "It was scary. That really woke me up." The town has become the front line of an emerging political crisis that is testing Canada's will to welcome asylum seekers. Hundreds of people, mainly from Africa but also the Middle East, are fleeing U.S. President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigrants, migrants and refugee agencies say. Many asylum seekers say Trump's election and subsequent crackdown on illegal migrants spurred their plans to head north. Those arriving in Emerson come on foot in the dead of night, unnerving its 650 residents. Some fear the influx of unscreened migrants while others are frustrated by the cost and effort forced on the community. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under increased pressure from the left, which wants him to let more in, and from the right, which is fearful of an increased security risk. Trudeau must tread carefully to ensure the issue does not complicate relations with Trump. The cooling welcome in Emerson is a microcosm of growing discontent over Canada’s open door policy for refugees. Last week, an Angus Reid poll found that while 47 percent of respondents said Canada is taking in the right number of refugees, 41 percent said the number is already too high. (See the report) (http://angusreid.org/syrian-refugee-travel-ban/) "It could become a real political liability for the government," said Christian Leuprecht, a politics professor at the Royal Military College of Canada, noting that spring will lead to more crossings as travel gets easier. THAWING OUT IN THE KITCHEN After the 16 migrants left French's home, without being admitted, they found truck driver Brad Renout two doors down leaving for work. "I was going to leave them all outside," Renout said. "I figured, to hell with (them) for coming over the border in winter." When he saw children among the group, Renout allowed three women, three toddlers and two teenagers into his kitchen. Early Sunday, Reuters witnessed at least seven migrants bundled in new parkas and bulging backpacks walking into Canada from Minnesota, following railway tracks in the icy dark. Ismail, a 25-year-old Somali man, said they had walked for 22 hours without sleep across North Dakota. As police lights flashed distantly, Ismail said he was afraid to walk toward them. He thought the group was still on U.S. soil. Canadian police caught up with them shortly afterward and arrested them for illegally entering Canada. The group squeezed, uncuffed, into a police minivan and headed to a government office for questioning. "We feel sorry for the people," said retired grain farmer Ken Schwark. "I just wish they would come through the legal way." A 2004 agreement between Canada and the United States means asylum seekers must submit applications in the United States if they arrive there first. But if they find a way into Canada, they can apply for refugee status there. It's an avenue that has spurred north illegal migrants in the United States, especially Somalis settled in Minnesota, which shares a land border with Manitoba. After pricey taxi rides to North Dakota, many like Ismail walk for hours in darkness and -20 C (-4°F) temperatures to dimly lit Emerson, in the shadow of the bright glare of the international border crossing. The lucky migrants get rides dropping them off less than a mile from Noyes, Minnesota, within sight of Emerson's southern edge. From there they duck under a metal crossing-arm gate, walk across the border and often use their own cellphones to dial police. Others are dropped 30 or more kilometers (19 miles) from the border, and follow rail lines into Emerson, crossing a border marked in most areas only by scattered concrete boundary markers. Faye Suderman, a four-decade Emerson resident, said she is sympathetic but draws a line between those fleeing persecution and those who have simply run out of chances in the United States: "How difficult is it to get rid of those people and give help to those truly in need?" Emerson Cafe manager Jacquelyn Reimer, who has fed shivering asylum seekers for free, wondered why the Canadian government is helping refugees when the country has its own homeless problem. "We can't even take care of our own," she said. Due to its border-hugging location, Emerson's encounters with migrants are not new, but the scale of their arrivals is. In the first two months of 2017, 143 mainly Somali people walked illegally over the border into Emerson, representing 40 percent of Manitoba's full-year total in 2015/16. Quebec and British Columbia are the two other major illegal crossing points, but police there refused to provide data. Emerson residents don’t encounter the migrants for long before police arrive and whisk them to the local Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) office for questioning. From there, they are ferried to Winnipeg, Manitoba's capital, to file asylum claims. Despite some residents’ fears, asylum-seekers have not caused any trouble, said Bill Spanjer, Emerson's emergency coordinator. "They're going to be on their best behavior because otherwise their refugee claim is certainly going to be affected," he said. When police receive a call, they summon the town's volunteer firefighters to treat any health concerns, as the nearest ambulance is 25 minutes away. In December, two men from Ghana lost all of their fingers to frostbite. Firefighter callouts cost Emerson about C$500 each time. The costs may add up to C$30,000 since last spring, representing 10 percent of its firefighting budget, said Emerson-Franklin's elected leader Greg Janzen. The provincial government directed more resources to Emerson last week, including paramedics and paralegal and transportation services. Since the influx sped up in January, the strain on Emerson has grown. In early February, police intercepted 18 migrants from Somalia and Djibouti and CBSA asked Emerson to temporarily house them in the town's ice rink. Brenda Piett and other volunteers laid folding banquet tables on the concrete floor, and layered them with blankets for makeshift mattresses. At the migrants’ request, they served white bread sandwiches with Nutella hazelnut spread. "The groups are getting bigger, and the stories are scary, how far they’ve walked," said Piett, an inventory clerk at Emerson's duty-free store. "But it does affect our town. Some people are very scared of it."
News Article | February 22, 2017
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will continue to accept asylum seekers crossing illegally from the United States but will ensure security measures are taken to keep Canadians safe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. The number of would-be refugees crossing into Canada at isolated and unguarded border crossings has increased in recent weeks amid fears that U.S. President Donald Trump will crack down on illegal immigrants, and photos of smiling Canadian police greeting the migrants have gone viral. Opposition Conservatives want Trudeau's center-left Liberal government to stem the flow of asylum seekers from the United States because of security fears and a lack of resources to deal with them. "One of the reasons why Canada remains an open country is Canadians trust our immigration system and the integrity of our borders and the help we provide people who are looking for safety," Trudeau told parliament. "We will continue to strike that balance between a rigorous system and accepting people who need help." Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen also said Canada would continue to honor the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement, which requires it to turn back refugees if they make asylum claims at Canadian border crossings with the United States. Refugee advocates have argued this drives asylum seekers to cross illegally at isolated locations, risking their lives in frigid weather. Amnesty International and other groups are pressuring the Canadian government to abandon the agreement, arguing the United States is not safe for refugees. Canadian police said on Monday they had bolstered their presence at the Quebec border and that border authorities had created a temporary refugee center to process the asylum seekers. The number of people making refugee claims at Quebec-U.S. border crossings more than doubled from 2015 to 2016. Last month, 452 people made claims in Quebec compared with 137 in January 2016. The influx is straining resources in the western prairie province of Manitoba and in Quebec, where taxis drop asylum seekers off meters away from the Quebec-U.S.border, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said. The right-leaning Conservative opposition have called on Canadian authorities to hand illegal immigrants over to U.S. authorities, but Hussen said Canada can honor its refugee agreement with the United States while helping asylum seekers who enter the country illegally.
News Article | March 3, 2017
From January 1 to February 21, a total of about 4,000 people coming from the US filed refugee claims in Canada, up from 2,500 during the same period last year (AFP Photo/Don EMMERT) Ottawa (AFP) - The number of migrants applying for refugee status in Canada after crossing the border from the United States has been rising since the beginning of the year, officials said Thursday. "Canada has seen an increase in the number of asylum claims in January of this year, compared to the same time last year," the Canada Border Services Agency told a briefing. From January 1 to February 21, a total of about 4,000 people filed refugee claims, up from 2,500 during the same period last year. The figure includes border jumpers and those arriving from the United States at border checkpoints. Canadian officials were hesitant to point to a trend based on the preliminary data. "Some claimants have spent relatively little time in the US" before coming to Canada, an official said. The recent wave of migrants originated mostly from East Africa and war-torn nations such as Syria. Federal police and immigration officials said some appeared to have intended from the start to come to Canada after flying to the United States on a visitor visa. Others decided to come here only after they were denied asylum south of the border, or because they feared deportation amid the current US crackdown. "People are afraid of finding themselves in a situation where they might not have access to an equitable system," said Jean-Nicolas Beuze, Canadian representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Total refugee claims in Canada have fallen from 44,000 in 2001 to 24,000 last year. An estimated 40-60 percent were successful, according to officials.
News Article | February 21, 2017
There has been a reported increase in the number of individuals trying to trespass into Canada — several doing so under dangerous and freezing conditions — since President Donald Trump assumed office. Canada Border Services Agency said that it found 22 people illegally crossing the border into the Canadian province of Manitoba this weekend, and in a separate but related incident eight asylum-seekers, including four children, were photographed while they attempted to make their way into the Canadian border. The scene captured in photographs recorded a family parked in a taxi near the Canadian border in Champlain, New York. Four adults and four young children fled the cab toward the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) while a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer was questioning a man in the front passenger seat. The family claims that they are Sudanese and had been living and working in Delaware for two years. As they approached them, the RCMP helped lift the children up off the snow and reportedly asked an adult woman if she required any medical care while the man being questioned for verification of his papers by the U.S. officer threw his belongings and luggage into the snow-covered gully that separated them. "Nobody cares about us," he said, according to Reuters. The man then reportedly grabbed their passports, which had been seized by the U.S. officers, before making a run for it. Although the U.S. officer yelled and chased the man, he made it past the border marker and into the hands of the Canadian police. The border patrol police officer reportedly told his Canadian counterpart that he was in the process of detaining the man who was an undocumented immigrant in the United States. He then passed the luggage to the RCMP, which carried the articles, along with the people into their vehicles, so that they could be transported to a nearby border office for an interview. A number of individuals have been trying to trespass into Canada and several are doing so under dangerous and freezing conditions. The influx has reportedly increased after President Donald Trump's executive order barring refugees and travelers from seven countries entry into the United States (the order has been now temporarily suspended by a U.S. federal appeals court), and since sweeping raids on undocumented immigrants led to more than 600 arrests from 11 states. The Canada Border Services Agency said that the 22 people who attempted to cross the border this weekend were being processed in accordance with the Canadian law, CNN reported. About 100 people have crossed into a small border town known as Emerson, Manitoba, in just two months, the report added.