Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (SOR/2002-227)

Regulations are current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2017-12-08. Previous Versions

DIVISION 3Stay of Removal Orders

Marginal note:Considerations
  •  (1) The Minister may impose a stay on removal orders with respect to a country or a place if the circumstances in that country or place pose a generalized risk to the entire civilian population as a result of

    • (a) an armed conflict within the country or place;

    • (b) an environmental disaster resulting in a substantial temporary disruption of living conditions; or

    • (c) any situation that is temporary and generalized.

  • Marginal note:Cancellation

    (2) The Minister may cancel the stay if the circumstances referred to in subsection (1) no longer pose a generalized risk to the entire civilian population.

  • Marginal note:Exceptions

    (3) The stay does not apply to a person who

    • (a) is inadmissible under subsection 34(1) of the Act on security grounds;

    • (b) is inadmissible under subsection 35(1) of the Act on grounds of violating human or international rights;

    • (c) is inadmissible under subsection 36(1) of the Act on grounds of serious criminality or under subsection 36(2) of the Act on grounds of criminality;

    • (d) is inadmissible under subsection 37(1) of the Act on grounds of organized criminality;

    • (e) is a person referred to in section F of Article 1 of the Refugee Convention; or

    • (f) informs the Minister in writing that they consent to their removal to a country or place to which a stay of removal applies.

  • SOR/2016-136, s. 8(F).
Marginal note:Stay of removal — judicial review
  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (4), a removal order is stayed if the subject of the order makes an application for leave for judicial review in accordance with section 72 of the Act with respect to a decision of the Refugee Appeal Division that rejects, or confirms the rejection of, a claim for refugee protection, and the stay is effective until the earliest of the following:

    • (a) the application for leave is refused,

    • (b) the application for leave is granted, the application for judicial review is refused and no question is certified for the Federal Court of Appeal,

    • (c) if a question is certified by the Federal Court,

      • (i) the appeal is not filed within the time limit, or

      • (ii) the Federal Court of Appeal decides to dismiss the appeal, and the time limit in which an application to the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal from that decision expires without an application being made,

    • (d) if an application for leave to appeal is made to the Supreme Court of Canada from a decision of the Federal Court of Appeal referred to in paragraph (c), the application is refused, and

    • (e) if the application referred to in paragraph (d) is granted, the appeal is not filed within the time limit or the Supreme Court of Canada dismisses the appeal.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply if, when leave is applied for, the subject of the removal order is a designated foreign national or a national of a country that is designated under subsection 109.1(1) of the Act.

  • Marginal note:Other exceptions

    (3) There is no stay of removal if

    • (a) the person is subject to a removal order because they are inadmissible on grounds of serious criminality; or

    • (b) the subject of the removal order resides or sojourns in the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon and is the subject of a report prepared under subsection 44(1) of the Act on their entry into Canada.

  • Marginal note:Non-application

    (4) Subsection (1) does not apply if the person applies for an extension of time to file an application referred to in that subsection.

  • 2002, c. 8, s. 183;
  • SOR/2012-272, s. 1;
  • SOR/2016-136, s. 9(F).
Marginal note:Stay of removal — pre-removal risk assessment

 A removal order is stayed when a person is notified by the Department under subsection 160(3) that they may make an application under subsection 112(1) of the Act, and the stay is effective until the earliest of the following events occurs:

  • (a) the Department receives confirmation in writing from the person that they do not intend to make an application;

  • (b) the person does not make an application within the period provided under section 162;

  • (c) the application for protection is rejected;

  • (d) [Repealed, SOR/2012-154, s. 12]

  • (e) if a decision to allow the application for protection is made under paragraph 114(1)(a) of the Act, the decision with respect to the person’s application to remain in Canada as a permanent resident is made; and

  • (f) in the case of a person to whom subsection 112(3) of the Act applies, the stay is cancelled under subsection 114(2) of the Act.

  • SOR/2012-154, s. 12.
Marginal note:Stay of removal — humanitarian and compassionate or public policy considerations

 A removal order made against a foreign national, and any family member of the foreign national, is stayed if the Minister is of the opinion that the stay is justified by humanitarian and compassionate considerations, under subsection 25(1) or 25.1(1) of the Act, or by public policy considerations, under subsection 25.2(1) of the Act. The stay is effective until a decision is made to grant, or not grant, permanent resident status.

  • SOR/2010-252, s. 1.
Marginal note:Application of par. 50(a) of the Act

 For greater certainty and for the purposes of paragraph 50(a) of the Act, a decision made in a judicial proceeding would not be directly contravened by the enforcement of a removal order if

  • (a) there is an agreement between the Canada Border Services Agency and the Attorney General of Canada or the attorney general of a province that criminal charges will be withdrawn or stayed on the removal of the person from Canada; or

  • (b) there is an agreement between the Canada Border Services Agency and the Attorney General of Canada or the attorney general of a province to withdraw or cancel any summons or subpoena on the removal of the person from Canada.

  • SOR/2016-136, s. 10(E);
  • SOR/2017-214, s. 4.

DIVISION 4Enforcement of Removal Orders

Marginal note:Not void

 For greater certainty, and subject to section 51 of the Act, a removal order does not become void by reason of any lapse of time.

Marginal note:Providing copies

 A person against whom a removal order is made shall be provided with a copy of the order when it is made.

Marginal note:Modality of enforcement

 A removal order is enforced by the voluntary compliance of a foreign national with the removal order or by the removal of the foreign national by the Minister.

  • SOR/2016-136, s. 11(F).
Marginal note:Voluntary compliance
  •  (1) A foreign national who wants to voluntarily comply with a removal order must appear before an officer who shall determine if

    • (a) the foreign national has sufficient means to effect their departure to a country that they will be authorized to enter; and

    • (b) the foreign national intends to voluntarily comply with the requirements set out in paragraphs 240(1)(a) to (c) and will be able to act on that intention.

  • Marginal note:Choice of country

    (2) Following the appearance referred to in subsection (1), the foreign national must submit their choice of destination to the officer who shall approve the choice unless the foreign national is

    • (a) a danger to the public;

    • (b) a fugitive from justice in Canada or another country; or

    • (c) seeking to evade or frustrate the cause of justice in Canada or another country.

Marginal note:Removal by Minister

 If a foreign national does not voluntarily comply with a removal order, a negative determination is made under subsection 238(1) or the foreign national’s choice of destination is not approved under subsection 238(2), the removal order shall be enforced by the Minister.

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