Warren L. Creates

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Head of Immigration Law Group

Direct Line: 613.566.2839

Email: wcreates@perlaw.ca

As head of the Immigration Law Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall, Warren Creates is a business immigration lawyer who represents individuals, families and corporations in all aspects of immigration and emigration. Canadian and American immigration laws, including NAFTA, are his specialty. His services include complete representation and arrangement of all documentation for work permits and permanent resident status, including skilled workers, business immigration programs, provincial nominee programs, and representation for individuals in all matters pertaining to citizenship applications and refugee claims. Warren provides direction through the labyrinthine system of immigration laws and policy, ensuring his clients can get where they need to go.

Neither families nor businesses can wait while red tape is untangled. When it comes to moving people across borders, Warren knows where to cut through it. He is a business immigration lawyer with the expertise you need.

As an industry leader, Warren is highly regarded as a writer and educator in immigration law. He is frequently sought be all media in regard to his expertise. He is rated by his peers as one of the top immigration lawyers in Canada. He has numerous publications to his credit including contributing author to one of the most significant casebooks of its kind, Immigration and Refugee Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary (Carasco et al, 2007).



  • Founder and President, The Can-Go Afar Foundation, 2006 to present (www.cangoafar.ca)
  • Founder and Executive Member, Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival, 1993 to present (www.dragonboat.net)
  • Former Canadian Government Immigration Lawyer (Legal Advisor to the Immigration and Refugee Board
  • Former counsel to the Governments of Canada, Denmark, China, Sri Lanka and Korea
  • Frequent presenter at legal conferences and events throughout the world including:
    • Algonquin College, Carleton University & University of Ottawa (Ottawa, annually)
    • C0-chair, Medical Devices Commercialization Centre Forum, University of Ottawa, 13 February 2014
    • Bureau du MRD en Amérique du Nord, Université du Quebec en Outaouais (UQO), July 2011
    • Canadian Bar Association Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 2010
    • Canadian Bar Association Conference, Whistler, B.C., April 2009
    • Presentation in Denmark, October 2007
    • Presentation in Belgium, Brussels, October 2007
  • Guest Speaker on Immigration Law and Humanitarian Law topics in Canada, U.S.A., China, India, Taiwan, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Iraq, France, Belgium, U.K., Denmark, Ethiopia and Switzerland.
  • Former Chair, Immigration Bar Committee, Ottawa Law Association
  • Expert witness, Parliament of Canada, House of Commons Standing Committee on Immigration (1997, 2008, 2011)
  • Former Committee Member and Practitioner’s Chair, Immigration and Refugee Board/Bar Consultive Committee
  • Member, Trade Delegation to Asia led by the Mayor of Ottawa
  • Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Legal Aid Liaison Committee, 2010 to present
  • Invited participant and stakeholder, Ottawa Economic Leadership Summit (December 2014)
  • Invited participant and stakeholder, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, Minister’s Economic Immigration Consultations (December 2014)
  • Law Society Of Upper Canada, Committee Member, Specialist Certification Program (Citizenship and Immigration Law) 2003-2006
  • Consultant and Adviser on Equality Rights, the Solicitor General of Canada, 1986


 Media Coverage:

  • Peer-profiled in the September 2011 edition (Vol. 20, No. 6) of The National magazine, the official monthly periodical of the Canadian Bar Association.
  • Frequently quoted in the media and press, as well as interviewed on radio and T.V. (Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun, CTV National, CBC National, CBC Radio, Ottawa Business Journal, CPAC)