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TORONTO — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has been granted leave to intervene at the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Pepa v Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration).

This case concerns whether a permanent resident visa holder’s right to appeal is extinguished where an administrative delay outside the control of the visa holder results in their visa expiring.

In this case, the Immigration Appeal Division held that a permanent resident visa holder does not have a right to appeal an exclusion order because by the time the exclusion order was the visa had expired and the applicant was no longer a visa holder.

The CCLA is intervening in this case at the Supreme Court of Canada to ensure that there is meaningful access to a statutory appeal right in adjudicative decisions. The CCLA argues that statutory appeal rights must be interpreted in accordance with fundamental principles of the rule of law and procedural fairness.

The CCLA is grateful to be represented pro bono on this intervention by Nadia Effendi and Teagan Markin of BLG LLP

About the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

The CCLA is an independent, non-profit organization with supporters from across the country. Founded in 1964, the CCLA is a national human rights organization committed to defending the rights, dignity, safety, and freedoms of all people in Canada.

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