IRCC to accept a record number of applications for the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program

July 20, 2021—Ottawa—Canada’s Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program is unique in the world. It gives families the chance to reunite here, providing them with the opportunity to thrive in this country. Family reunification plays a significant role in attracting, retaining and integrating immigrants who contribute to our success as a country. Building on the success…

IRCC’s first Settlement Outcomes Highlights Report provides insight on the path to success for newcomers in Canada

July 14, 2021—Ottawa—A new report, the first of its kind, finds that new Canadians give high marks to the settlement services offered to them, and see these services as crucial in setting newcomers up for success in Canada. From improving their English or French, to assisting in finding work, to helping them connect with their…

Canada’s oath of citizenship now recognizes First Nations, Inuit and Métis rights

June 21, 2021—Ottawa—The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Call to Action 94 has finally been met through Bill C-8 in which Canada’s Oath of Citizenship officially recognizes First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and the obligation that all citizens have to uphold the treaties between the Crown and Indigenous nations. The new Oath of Citizenship recognizes…

Canada announces 3 new initiatives to welcome and support more refugees

June 18, 2021—Ottawa—The world is facing a refugee crisis. Across the globe, millions are displaced and longing for what most of us take for granted: a safe place to call home. As a global leader in protecting those who need it most, Canada welcomed nearly half of all refugees resettled around the world in 2020….

Minister Mendicino statement to mark the Asian Heritage Month in Canada

Ottawa, May 4, 2021—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today issued the following statement to mark Asian Heritage Month: “May is Asian Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the incredible contributions of Asian Canadians and recommit ourselves to building a more inclusive society. The story of Asian immigration to…

Minister Mendicino launches plan to accelerate caregiver application processing

April 15, 2021 – Ottawa – Six thousand caregiver applications will be prioritized by the end of 2021; 1,500 by June 30, 2021 The new public policy will take effect on May 3, 2021. As part of this plan, IRCC will Finalize permanent residence applications for up to 6,000 caregivers who have completed their in-Canada…

IRCC announces new pathway to permanent residency for essential temporary workers and international graduates

April 14, 2021—Ottawa—Today, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced an innovative pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy. These special public policies will grant permanent status to temporary workers and international graduates who are already in…

March 25, 2021 – Royal Society of Canada Brief on COVID-19 and Immigration released

Overview of Supporting Canada’s COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery Through Robust Immigration Policy and Programs Canada has been seen globally as a leader in immigration and integration policies and programs, and as an attractive and welcoming country for immigrants, refugees, temporary foreign workers, and international students. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed some of the strengths of Canada’s…

IRCC expanding Sydney office to reunite families and improve processing

March 5, 2021—Sydney, N.S.—In an effort to process more applications and reunite families faster, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is expanding its Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia. This includes the addition of new office space and the hiring of 62 new employees. The new space and additional staff will be primarily dedicated to…

IRCC: A temporary public policy that help graduates with expired or expiring PGWPs apply for an open work permit

January 8, 2021—Ottawa—International students bring so much to Canada, contributing over $21 billion annually to our economy and supporting the vitality of our communities. Yet the pandemic has presented myriad challenges for international students. Most notably, for many holders of a post-graduation work permit (PGWP), the pandemic’s disruption and uncertainty have jeopardized their chances of…