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…

Pre-departure COVID-19 testing and negative results to be required for all air travellers coming to Canada

On December 31, 2020, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, under the authority of the Aeronautics Act, is requiring effective January 7, all passengers five years of age or older, be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling by air from another country to Canada.  Associated links Backgrounder on COVID-19 Pre-departure testing and Transport…

November 25 marks the start of #16Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. The global theme for the 2020 event is: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”. Together, we call for…

Manitoba: Accessibility During COVID-19 – new resources!

November 2020 – The Disabilities Issues Office has updated its “Accessibility During COVID-19” webpage with new information and resources relevant to all Manitobans. Maintaining Accessibility during COVID-19 Accessible Service during COVID-19 Keeping Employees Safe during COVID-19 COVID-19 Resources Please share practical messages on how to maintain accessibility during the pandemic by using the Social Media…

Minister Mendicino marks the start of National Francophone Immigration Week 2020

Ottawa, November 2, 2020 —The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement: “Immigration helps to fuel Canada’s economy and enrich Canadian society. The Government of Canada firmly believes that all newcomers, including French-speaking immigrants, contribute to the vitality of this country.” Read more Ottawa, le…