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Immigration Priorities of Canada highlighted in new Mandate Letter to Canadian Immigration Minister

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 14, Dec 2019

visas default image Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has outlined the immigration priories of the country in the new Mandate letter written to Marco Mendicino- the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada. The letter has been published online by the federal government yesterday only.

What is a Mandate letter?

Well, in politics, a government issues an annual mandate letter to each cabinet minister to communicate government's annual strategic direction and priorities, based on its commitments or pledges, etc. made during the election. The new Mandate letter issued by the Canadian Prime Minister is largely in line with the policies sanctioned by the ruling party, i.e. Liberal Party of Canada during its first tenure between 2015 and 2019. It also replicates the commitments made by the Liberals recently during its second successful election campaign.

Highlights of the Mandate letter for IRCC

Key points of the Mandate Letter written to Immigration Minister, Mr. Mendicino are:
  • Ensure the effective implementation of Canada’s increased annual Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022, attracting more than a million new permanent residents to Canada over that time.
As per the government, this is as per continuing modest and responsible increases to immigration, with a focus on welcoming highly skilled people who can help build a stronger Canada. As per the trend reflecting in Canada's multiyear immigration plan, the immigration level is increasing by 10,000 every year. If it continues the same way, the year 2022 may see the further rise of annual immigration level, i.e. 3,60,000 permanent residents per year.  
  • Work with the provinces and territories to ensure a renewed focus on the delivery of high-quality settlement services to ensure the successful settlement and integration of new Canadians.
The government has been supporting the provincial nominee programs for last few years and in the years to come, they will measure the outcomes as well of the efforts made to the successful settlement and integration of new Canadians. This can make immigration to Canada through provincial programs further easy for the applicants.
  • Work on reducing application processing times, improving the department's service delivery and client services to make them timelier and less complicated.
This is one thing all applicants want to get implemented as early as possible, as the processing time of the application saves valuable time of the applicants.
  • Introduce a Municipal Nominee Program that will allow local communities, chambers of commerce and local labour councils to directly sponsor permanent immigrants. At least 5,000 new spaces will be dedicated for this program.
Introducing a new Municipal Nominee Program (MNP) is an election commitment of the liberals, which aims at addressing a long time challenge, i.e. encouraging immigrants to settle outside of big cities of the country such as, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary,Vancouver, Halifax, Montreal, Winnipeg, and Edmonton. The MNP is expected to assign smaller cities an equivalent selection powers to immigration programs which have been successful in helping less populated territories lure more immigrants, such as the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and AIPP.
  • You will also take the steps required to make the Atlantic Immigration Pilot permanent. At least 5,000 new spaces will be dedicated for this program.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) has been quite successful in last couple of years in terms of attracting more immigrants to Canada's Atlantic Provinces. The AIP has been used to bring over 4,000 immigrants to Atlantic province of Canada. Making the AIP permanent will help in population increase as well as economic growth in the Atlantic region.
  • Bring forward a plan to eliminate fees for citizenship for those who have fulfilled the requirements needed to obtain it.
The government has been receiving feedback regarding the Canadian citizenship application fees being too high. Hence, considering the same, the federal government may look to waive the fees entirely. If this happens, the government's prediction of 40 per cent rise in citizenship conversions by 2024, can become a reality.
  • With the support of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development and the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, work to implement pilot programming to encourage more newcomers to settle in rural Canada.
This point from the federal government indicates launching of more pilot programs to boost the immigration outside Canada's big cities. At now, the government has following programs in progress, i.e.Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), AIP, MNP, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) opened in 2019.

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Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

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