According to s.32, the Charter applies to “the Parliament and government of Canada” and the “legislature and government of each province”. It does not apply to private individuals or corporations. If Mr. Smith discriminates against Mr. Jones, Mr. Jones cannot go to court and sue Mr. Smith for violating his Charter rights (although Mr. Jones would probably be protected against discrimination by other legislation). Of course, the “legislature and government” is a broad term. How far does it apply? To organizations that receive government grants? To people who bring a private dispute to a court created by the government?
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Recent months have seen profound changes to Canadian immigration programs. For those who follow these changes, or whose applications may be affected by them, keeping track of when and how decisions are made and implemented is of the utmost importance. For this reason, CIC News has created a comprehensive list of the large-scale changes that have been made to Canadian immigration programs since January 1, 2012 (with one important addition from December 2011).
While some of changes have already been implemented, many are still in the planning phases and will be put into practice later this year. These changes are presented below in chronological order.
Creation of Parent and Grandparent Super Visa – 1 December 2011
Speaking in Calgary on 10 April 2012, Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced plans to create a new category of immigration under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program. The category, which is to be called the FSW Skilled Trades program, has been crafted as a way to streamline the immigration process for tradespersons with critical skills that are acutely needed in Canada.
Through this new stream of immigration, the current Canadian administration hopes to address growing labour shortages in industries such as construction and natural resources. It is argued that the present structure of the FSW application process is not equipped to fairly assess applicants with specialties in such fields.
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