Newly reelected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has instructed his new minister of immigration, Marco Mendicino to prepare his department to welcome 1 million new immigrants to Canada.
NEW MINISTER ORDERED TO WELCOME 1 MILLION NEW IMMIGRANTS
In letters sent to his new ministers, including Mendicino, Trudeau outlined his expectations for each department.
For Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Trudeau expects Canada to be ready to welcome 1 million new immigrants from 2020 to 2022, with what he is calling “modest and responsible” increases to immigration levels every year.
NEW PROGRAMS TO HELP MEET IMMIGRATION TARGETS OF 1 MILLION NEW IMMIGRANTS
Trudeau also expects Mendicino to push the new Municipal Nominee Program (MNP), which he had made mention of during the campaign leading up to his election.
The MNP is expected to bring in an additional 5,000 new permanent residents (and their families) to smaller communities all across Canada.
CITIZENSHIP FEES TO BE WAIVED
Trudeau has also asked Mendicino to finalize the plans to eliminate citizenship fees for permanent residents.
Currently, eligible permanent residents pay CAD 630 (approximately PHP 24,209.27) to apply for Canadian citizenship.
Trudeau has also given instruction to make the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) a permanent program. The AIPP brings in 5,000 new permanent residents (and their families) every year to communities all across the Atlantic provinces.
NEW REFUGEE PROGRAMS TO WELCOME HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES AND JOURNALISTS
Trudeau also wants Mendicino to put a focus on Canada’s refugee and asylum programs, with the introduction of a refugee program that would allow human rights advocates, journalists and humanitarian workers to apply for asylum in Canada. The proposed program would process 250 applications annually.
Canada’s other immigration programs will continue to operate as they have, including the Express Entry System, the different Provincial Nominee Programs as well as programs that allow for family sponsorship.
Trudeau gave Mendicino instructions to reduce processing times by making the application experience less complicated and more efficient.
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