The latest immigration mandate letter provided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It affirmed that immigration will remain central to the economy and society of Canada.
The immigration mandate letter is the main policy document for Canada immigration. The document is given by Trudeau to Marco Mendicino, the Canadian immigration Minister. The document communicates the outline of the goals regarding immigration that the PMwants IRCC to follow while his government is in power.
Improving IRCC’s application processing times and Canada’s Immigration Levels Planwere among the key issues that were addressed in the letter. The immigration mandate letter came out just after the Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023. The Plan has a target of over 400,000 new immigrants per year.
The latest immigration mandate letter supplemented the one that Trudeau had issued to Mendicino in 2019. This mandate letter added new goals that were necessary considering the COVID-19 pandemic. The key points on the priority mentioned in the letter were:
- Keep on welcoming new immigrants to support the Canadian economy’s growth and recovery of the country after COVID-19. For this, the pilot programs are expanded to welcome refugees via economic-class streams of immigration. The family reunification has to be sped up. The improvement of regional pilot programs has also to be done.
- Keep on implementing measures to provide pathways for Canada PR. This is meant for those who provided healthcare in care homes for the long-term, facilitated access to medical facilities, or actively performed other essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Keep on working with the colleagues in the cabinet for the protection of the health and safety of Canadians. This count while managing the entry points at the ports of Canada. It has to be done with responsibility and compassion.
- Identify more pathways for permanent residence for TFWs.
- Work with the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development& Disability Inclusion to safeguard vulnerable workers affectedby the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, secure people to work in Canada filling thelabor requirements in food processing and farming sectors.
- Keep on working with the provinces and territories of Canada to provide settlement support to new immigrants which includes training in the French language.
The resolve of the Canadian government to continue working on the country’s immigration system as best as possible even with the challenge of COVID-19 reflects in the mandate letter.
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IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
PR – Permanent Residence