Live webinar September 19, 2024 at 12:00pm EST
OR available video recording

  • Adrienne Smith

2 hours


Requests based on Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) grounds are made under subsection 25(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The strength of an H&C request or application is often dependent on the quality of the support documents that are before the decision-maker. When representing clients in an H&C request to the IRCC, a representative must provide clear advice on what documents are important to establishing the legal issues and facts. This course will provide an in-depth discussion of how to draft affidavits to ensure the best possible evidence is before the decision-maker. The instructor will also provide sample lists of documents for H&C applications, and general tips on how to best gather documents to support an H&C request.  

  • H&C documents: required vs. supplementary
  • Communicating to clients on how to gather documents
    • Best practices in client communication
    • Transmitting documents efficiently and securely
  • Support Documents
    • What areas to focus your client’s efforts on
    • What makes a document credible
    • When documents should be excluded
  • Statutory Declarations & Affidavits
    • What information should be included
    • How counsel can prepare effectively before drafting
    • Drafting the document with the client
    • Written advocacy tips
    • How to enhance credibility
    • How to deal with problems with your client’s case
  • Federal Court case law
  • Examples of documents included in H&C requests
    • Example documents for criminal inadmissibility
    • Example documents for BIOC requests

For Lawyers and Paralegals

  • Law Society of Ontario
    Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 2 hours.
  • Law Society of British Columbia
    Approved for 2 CPD credits.
  • Law Societies of Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia
    For members of these Law Societies, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual requirements

For Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants

  • College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants
    • Approved for 2 CPD hours
    • Video recording valid until September 19, 2025



  • Attendance at the live two hour webinar.
  • Access to the course materials.
  • Ability to watch the webinar until  December 31, 2025
This course is included in our:
Adrienne Smith

B.A., M.A., J.D.
Barrister & Solicitor

Adrienne has a full-service legal practice with expertise in litigation and administrative appeals. Her legal experience is concentrated in matters before Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Federal Court and the Immigration and Refugee Board.

She regularly represents clients with all types of permanent and temporary applications to Canada, including medical and criminal inadmissibility issues, sponsorship applications and appeals, refugee claims and appeals, Federal Court applications, humanitarian and compassionate applications, study and visitor visas, and detention reviews.

Adrienne has been invited as an expert to speak on medical inadmissibility before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, which monitor’s federal immigration policies.

She is an Instructor with Ryerson’s Faculty of Law and the University of British Columbia’s Continuing Education Program. Adrienne has been invited to speak as a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies.