Live webinar June 6, 2022 @ 12:00 PM EST
OR available available video recording


Samuel Plett


3 hours

SUMMARY: This course will examine one of the most common (and broad) grounds for inadmissibility: misrepresentation. Clients can be caught by the misrepresentation provisions even based on ‘innocent’ mistakes.  Therefore, it is imperative that immigration practitioners dealing with all forms of applications under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (‘IRPA’) be familiar with the test for (and consequences of) misrepresentation.  The course will begin by examining the relevant statutory provisions and jurisprudence, and provide practice examples from real-life scenarios.  The course will address common ethical questions that arise in cases dealing with misrepresentation, with a special focus on the duty of disclosure. 

  • Legislative Structure
    • Statutory requirements
    • “Materiality”
    • “Induces or could induce an error”
    • IRCC/CBSA policy guides
  • Misrepresentation Defined in the Jurisprudence
    • “Duty of candour”
    • Is intent required?
    • What about “innocent misrepresentation”?
    • What if they don’t ask? (e.g. at the border) – withholding as misrepresentation
    • “Not being satisfied” vs. misrepresentation
  • What If Client Instructs Not to Disclose?
    • Balancing duty of confidentiality / privilege with duty of candour
    • Advising clients on disclosure
  • Procedural Fairness Letters (‘PFL’) – overseas visa office
    • When is PFL required?
    • What details/disclosure are required in a PFL
    • Tips and strategies to address misrepresentation in a PFL response
  • Remedies for Misrepresentation
    • Temporary Resident Permit (‘TRP’)


For Lawyers and Paralegals

Law Society of Ontario
   • Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 3 hours

Law Society of British Columbia
   • Approved for 3 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 3 CPD hours
   • Video recording valid until June 6, 2023

Awaiting Further Accreditation

Purchasing Options

Single Course


• Attendance at the live three hour webinar
• Access to the course materials
• Ability to watch the webinar until  December 31, 2023


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Your Instructor

Samuel Plett

Barrister & Solicitor

Litigation Consultant and Principal at Plett Law P.C.

Sam is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. Prior to law school, Sam studied Peace and Conflict Studies at the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the Refugee Lawyers Association, and the Canadian Bar Association.

​Sam has experience in a wide variety of immigration matters, including applications involving inadmissibility matters, humanitarian and compassionate applications, pre-removal risk assessments, family sponsorship applications, temporary resident permits, and applications for work and study permits. Sam has extensive experience with applications for Judicial Review before the Federal Court of Canada, including applications involving constitutional challenges and motions for stays of removal; and has appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal. Sam has appeared before all three Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board in various matters including refugee hearings, appeals before the Immigration Appeal Division, and detention reviews.

​Prior to his work at Plett Law Professional Corporation, Sam was a Partner and Head of Litigation at Desloges Law Group.

​In 2015, Sam received the Canadian Bar Association Immigration Law Section Founders’ Award, given to a young lawyer “for achieving professional excellence, providing leadership, and making a significant contribution to the Canadian citizenship & immigration community”.

​As a law student, Sam was awarded the Ting Sum Tang Memorial Prize (awarded to the student taking the highest place in Immigration Law) and the John Yaremko Award in Human Rights.