Prime Minister reveals Canada's new immigration system priorities
Place: Ottawa, Ontario Date: 16 December, 2021
Prime minister Justin Trudeau unveils the new mandate letter outlining the priorities expected out of the their ministers to be pursued during the federal government’s time in power. The mandate letter is the most important policy document that guides Canada’s immigration system. Canada's immigration minister, Sean Fraser and IRCC will be working towards the implementation of the mandate. The mandate impacts both the federal as well as provincial immigration policies. The mandate letter outlines Canada's new immigration priorities : - Reducing application processing times - Create more Permanent residence pathways through Express Entry for international students and Temporary foreign workers - Introduce an electronic application system for family reunification and implementing a program to provide temporary residence to spouses and children abroad while they await the processing of their permanent residence applications. - Create a new Municipal Nominee Program - Waiving Canadian citizenship application fees - Work with the Employment Minister to establish a Trusted Employer system for Canadian companies hiring temporary foreign workers. In addition, improve the Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) by simplifying work permit renewals, upholding the two-week processing standard, and establishing an employer hotline. - Regularize status for undocumented workers in Canada by building on existing pilot programs - Support French-language knowledge of immigrants in Quebec and also continue to promote the national Francophone immigration strategy. - Fulfill Canada’s goal to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees. With the revelation of new mandate letter , we can expect IRCC to expand the scope of its priorities with the onset of 2022.