Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Marco Mendicino as the new minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
ABOUT MARCO MENDICINO
Marco Mendicino is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Eglinton-Lawrence in the city of Toronto, Ontario.
Medicino is of Italian descent, with an extensive background working in law, having worked at the Law Society of Upper Canada, as well as a federal prosecutor.
He was part of the team that successfully prosecuted the infamous Toronto 18.
Mendicino is an advocate of establishing better laws to combat organized crime as a member of the House of Commons.
He first became an MP in 2015, serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
In 2107, he served as Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, advancing the Trudeau government’s policies on criminal justice reform, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and restorative justice.
Mendicino was reelected in 2019.
Medicino will be taking over from Ahmed Hussen, who will be assuming the leadership of the Ministry of Families, Children and Social Development.
MARCO MENDICINO IRCC
As minister for IRCC, Mendicino will be responsible for carrying out Justin Trudeau’s immigration policies.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party won the election, and will now do their best to fulfil promises made during the campaign, including raising immigration levels, creating the Municipal Nominee Program (MNP), eliminate citizenship application fees and make the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) permanent.
RAISING IMMIGRATION LEVELS BY 2021
During their first mandate, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party increased immigration levels to 330,800 in 2019.
They are planning to increase this to 350,000 by 2021. If successful, they would have welcomed more than a million Newcomers to Canada in the span of three years.
Trudeau’s government also put an emphasis on taking in more refugees, increasing the number by 15%.
The Trudeau government has committed to making “modest and responsible” increases to its immigration rates in the coming years.
FREE CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP FOR EVERYONE
If you want to become a Canadian citizen right now, you’ll first have to meet the minimum requirements, pass the test and pay a total of CAD630 for every family member.
The Trudeau government has promised to do away with the application fees, in an effort to make changes to Canada’s Citizenship Act and make acquiring Canadian citizenship easier for permanent residents.
INTRODUCING THE MUNICIPAL NOMINEE PROGRAM (MNP)
The Trudeau government has also promised to spread the economic benefits of bringing in Newcomers to Canada through the creation of the Municipal Nominee Program (MNP).
Word has it that they are expecting to bring in an additional 5,000 new immigrants under the new MNP.
MAKING THE ATLANTIC IMMIGRATION PILOT PROGRAM (AIPP) PERMANENT
The Trudeau Government has committed to making the AIPP permanent.
The AIPP was established to reverse the decline in population in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nove Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island by giving Newcomers willing to work in live there a more streamlined pathway to permanent residency.
The AIPP was extended until 2021, but it now looks like it will become a permanent immigration program.
MARCO MENDICINO AND THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY
Mendicino’s riding of Eglinton-Lawrence has a large and diverse community, with a large Filipino community, many of whom came to Canada under the now defunct Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP).
The eastern part of the riding is home to Toronto’s second largest Jewish community, many of whom served as employers to thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Mendicino is frequently seen at Filipino community events, including the Taste of Manila.
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