Justin Trudeau, the PM of Canada has revealed his new cabinet. In the new cabinet, Sean Fraser is the new Minister of Immigration of Canada. This opens a new chapter in Canada immigration history.
Who is Fraser?
He was a lawyer originally from Nova Scotia. He was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2015. He replaced Marco Mendicino who is the Public Safety Minister in the new cabinet.
Fraser practiced commercial litigation and international dispute resolution before entering politics. Among his qualifications are a Degree in Law from Dalhousie University and a Master’s Degree in Public International Law from Leiden University, Netherlands. He also has a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis Xavier University.
The work ahead for Fraser
IRCC has its short-term goals which include its top priorities. One of those priorities is to get 401,000 new Canada PR visa holders in 2021. Other short-term goals include facilitating family reunions and resettlement of Afghan refugees.
Fraser will have to take these goals and strive to achieve this through regular and consistent Canada immigration programs at the federal and provincial levels.
Soon, PM Justin Trudeau will be releasing fresh mandate letters for his ministers. The letters will guide the policy priorities of each federal department, which includes IRCC.
There are promises made by Trudeau like ending citizenship fees and reducing application processing times as well as reforming the Express Entry system. More immigration pathways will also be offered to TFWs and international students. Fraser will have to work with Trudeau to fulfill these promises.
Moreover, the Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 will continue aiming for adding over 400,000 new immigrants annually. In any case, Fraser will not be facing as much of the tough challenges that Canada faced during the pandemic period.
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