IRCC speeding up processing for spousal applications

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On September 24, 2020, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced action to speed up spousal application processing and help families build their lives together in Canada. IRCC has increased the number of decision makers on spousal applications in Canada by 66%, to process spousal applications more quickly and reduce wait times. They …

Speech from the Throne

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On September 23, 2020, the Governor General of Canada delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament and outline the government’s agenda. Before we dive into the details of the speech, let’s first take a look at the Canadian System of Government and how the Parliament of Canada works! The Canadian System of …

More support for Canadians through Recovery Benefits

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The Government of Canada announced the introduction of Bill C-2, to create three new temporary Recovery Benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. These new Benefits are being proposed as part of the Government of Canada’s plan to support Canadians after the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) coming to an end this month. The …

Is My Account Affected in the Recent CRA Hacking Incident?

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In the recent CRA hacking incidents, hackers used passwords and usernames from previous hacks in other organizations to access CRA accounts. As the CRA works to prevent future cyber incidents, we as taxpayers need to be aware if our accounts are affected. How do I know if my CRA account is affected? You will receive a letter (registered mail) from …

Why CRA May Call You & How to Spot Scammers

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As the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) gradually reopens some programs and services, CRA employees may be calling you to discuss your tax and benefit situations. However, you should be aware of scammers pretending to be CRA employees. Reasons the CRA may call: The CRA may call if they previously wrote to you, or in any of these situations: If you …

Gender Equality Week Sep 20 to 26

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Canada’s Gender Equality Week is being held from September 20 to 26, 2020. Advancing gender equality benefits everyone, women, men and gender diverse communities, and leads to greater health, happiness, and economic prosperity. For the recent 2 to 3 decades, Canada has made important progress to remove barriers to equality: added gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of …

CRA Resuming Business Activities

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As of September 2020, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is resuming some programs and services that were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some returning programs that affect individuals as of September 21 include appeals, collections, compliances activities, outreach activities and benefits validation. How is this going to affect you, as an individual? In-person services are available such as free tax …

IRCC Resumes Some In-Person Services by Appointment

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Over the past few months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken steps to provide virtual services where possible, but there have still been significant disruptions in their services. Beginning the week of September 21, 2020, IRCC will begin to offer some in-person services at selected offices in Canada by appointment only. IRCC will contact you to book an …

Prime Minister announces next steps for Safe Restart Agreement

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared the details of the investments that will be made through the Safe Restart Agreement. This agreement will provide continued support to Canadians, as we safely restart our economy and build a more resilient Canada.   Through the Agreement, the Government of Canada announced over $19 billion in federal funding to help provinces and territories safely …

Biometric Collection Services for PR Applicants in Canada

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For permanent residence applicants within Canada who need to give biometrics: Service Canada Centres are gradually resuming biometrics collection services by appointment only for permanent residence applicants who have received a biometric instruction letter (BIL). Use this tool to find out if you need to give biometrics. Service Canada officers will call you at the telephone number you provided in …