From January 1, 2004 all organizations engaged in commercial activities in Canada, except organizations which are subject to their own substantially similar provincial legislation, must comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“Act”), commonly referred to as PIPEDA. PIPEDA is a statute that regulates the collection, use and disclosure of “personal information” as that term is defined in the Act, and incorporates the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information. Briefly, “personal information” means information about an identifiable individual; in other words, it is information by which the identity of an individual could be deduced, such as residential address and telephone number, email address, personal information related to corporate involvements, billing history, tax records and medical records. However, it does not include the name, position or title, business address or business telephone number of an employee of an organization. It also excludes specified publicly-available information, such as information listed in a public telephone directory.
As a law firm, Sikand Immigration Law has a professional obligation to keep confidential all information received within the realm of the lawyer-client relationship.
Collection of Personal Information
Use and Disclosure of Personal Information
Access to Personal Information
Our free assessment questionnaire requires that you provide us with information that we acknowledge is private and confidential, and which shall be used solely for the purposes of assessing your qualifications for Canadian permanent residence and not otherwise. We also ask for your name, address, e-mail address etc. solely so that we can contact you to reply to your request.
We collect information only by lawful and fair means and not in any unreasonable or intrusive way. We may collect information by way of verbal or written correspondence including faxes, emails and telephone inquiries. Wherever possible, personal information is collected directly from the individual either at the start of a retainer or during the course of the representation. Depending on the work we are conducting for you, information may also be obtained from other sources, such as government agencies or registries.
We do not ask for written consent for us to use your personal information, which is only requested in order to provide you with our legal services. In most cases, consent to the collection and use of personal information will be implied when we are provided with information we require to successfully meet the requirements of the client retainer and provide effective representation. In rare cases, we will ask for your formal consent to our collection or use of your personal information if and when the personal information will be used for purposes other than those required to provide the services you have retained us to provide.
Sikand Immigration Law uses personal information of clients for the purposes of client work, such as providing legal and related services to individuals and corporations, for precedents usage, to administer client accounts, including time, billing and contact information databases, to enhance our relationship with clients and to provide legal updates which we believe to be of relevance to our clients. In addition, we may send you notices other greetings. If an individual is already a client of Sikand Immigration Law, or has been in the past, we maintain their client information to facilitate the provision of ongoing services, or anticipated future service. We may use their contact information to create client information databases for future files and for mailings, as explained above. An individual may request that they not receive information about our services or about new developments in the law, and we will adjust our mailing lists accordingly. The firm does not disclose personal information to any third party to enable them to market their products or services, but it may disclose personal information in certain circumstances, as set out below.
Subject to our professional obligations to keep client information confidential, under certain circumstances the firm will disclose personal information to a third party without express client consent, including, where required, or authorized, by law (e.g. if a court issues a subpoena) or where the legal services you have retained us to provide requires us to give personal information to a third party (e.g. to a government agency for permit applications, administrative tribunals, appeal boards, and any other organization or enterprise when required for services to and for clients).
Where Sikand Immigration Law is required to disclose personal information of clients to third parties for data processing (e.g. for contracted services such as photocopying, computer backup services or archival storage services) or other third party services related to services rendered to and for clients, we will ensure that those third parties agree to only use the personal information for the specified administrative purposes and agree to provide a level of protection to the information comparable to that adopted by Sikand Immigration Law.
This website takes every precaution to protect our users’ information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line. This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. The assessment form is implemented on a secure server, and the information is sent to us through a secure link. Access to form data is limited to staff who must log on with a user ID and password. Related paper files are kept in a secure place, and access to the files is limited to authorized staff members.
Live-in Caregiver Applications
Individuals may write to Sikand Immigration Law at the address below to request access to personal information held about them. Sikand Immigration Law will provide access to this information in the manner provided for in the Act. If required or authorized by law, access to personal information may be denied.
SIKAND IMMIGRATION LAW,
56 Aberfoyle Crescent
Suite 840 Toronto,
Ontario M8X 2W4
Sikand Immigration Law undertakes to correct any information used in the course of providing services to clients that is shown to it to be inaccurate, incomplete or not up to date. Note that certain personal information is stored for historical purposes and is not updated. During the course of any engagement or any other exchange of information, any updates to client information will be immediately entered into our systems. If a request for access or a request to correct information is denied, Sikand Immigration Law will provide an explanation of the reasons for such refusal.