CILA’s Month in Review for May 2024


May 2024 was a very productive and successful month for CILA. We’re pleased to share the following update with our members.

Save the date: CILA’s AGM on June 19 (Send us your questions for Minister Marc Miller)

We are hosting our Annual General Meeting on June 19 and invite you to register. The AGM will be another opportunity for you to help shape CILA’s strategic direction, get a comprehensive update on CILA’s activities, and more. Minister Marc Miller will deliver recorded remarks and answer your questions. Please submit any questions you may have for the Minister by June 7: 

Sign up to our upcoming CLE

On June 20, we will be hosting a how-to workshop on family sponsorship applications, led by Adrienne Smith and Aryana Rousseau, who have over 30 years of combined immigration law expertise. Click here to sign up.

In-Person Networking Events this Fall

Our next in-person networking events will take place in Calgary and Toronto, later this fall. Please keep posted for more details.

Volunteer with CILA: Join our New Committees

We are pleased to solicit expressions of interest for CILA members to participate in new committees on key topics including Skilled Workers/Work Permits; Business Immigration; Quebec; Family Sponsorship; Refugees; and Fraud. Volunteering is in CILA’s DNA and we look forward to launching these new committees so we can continue to play a positive role in shaping Canada’s immigration system. Please click here if you wish to participate in any of our committees.

Thought-leadership and Stakeholder Relations

CILA released over 10 articles in May and are thankful to all those who contributed. Please click here if you have an article that you wish to submit to CILA. We welcome submissions on any topic you are interested in writing about.

Earlier in the month CILA was invited by a Senator to engage in consultations on how to promote the benefits of immigration across Canada. In addition, CILA participated in an IRCC consultation in late-May on developing a Crisis Response Framework.

Cleaning up the Act Report

On May 28, CILA released our major report on IRPA reform entitled Cleaning up the Act. CILA has met with IRCC twice to discuss the report and will continue to engage with federal government officials throughout the summer. The report was covered by the Toronto Star and CityNews. We also have an op-ed in the Hill Times.

Thank you for participating in our CLEs and Montreal Event

On May 21, we co-hosted a webinar with the Mexican Bar Association on Canada’s latest visa rules for Mexican citizens.

On May 23, we hosted an AMA for junior immigration lawyers featuring Eleanor Somerleigh.

CILA thanks Alejandra Garcia and Eleanor for their presentations!

Finally, CILA held a very successful networking event in Montreal on May 9 featuring over 80 members. We thank all those for attending the event and contributing to the great time we spent together.

CILA thanks its sponsors for its Montreal event, including:

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