The Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Marc Miller, unveiled the Strategic Immigration Review report and the New Canada Immigration Plan to improve the system.
The official announcement about the New Canada Immigration Plan has ended. You can watch the announcement here👇
Details of the Today’s Announcement:
Canada’s Immigration Minister Marc Miller has just made an announcement today on Canada Immigration Plan to improve the system. Here are the details of the annoucement:
Key Areas of Focus
IRCC is concentrating on several important areas to strengthen the immigration system. This includes aligning immigration with job market needs, simplifying the application process through digital means, speeding up application processing, supporting smaller communities in welcoming newcomers, and promoting Francophone immigration throughout Canada.
Modernizing Immigration Systems
The immigration minister Marc Miller said IRCC is working to modernize the immigration system through user-friendly digital platforms like online platforms to streamline operations and enhance user experience.
Supporting Smaller Communities
The minister affirmed their commitment to supporting smaller communities in attracting and retaining newcomers.
Enhanced Processing Times
To ensure that processing times consider applicants’ individual situations, IRCC will conduct a review of their service standards.
Improving Indigenous Border Crossings
Canada aims to improve border crossings for indigenous people, recognizing their traditional territories that extend across U.S. borders. This effort underscores Canada’s commitment to respecting indigenous rights and heritage.
Aligning Immigration with Labor Market Needs
He stressed the importance of aligning immigration programs, the system, and services with Canada’s labor market.
IRCC Minister Marc Miller highlighted the construction and healthcare sectors as areas that should be more closely integrated with immigration.
Miller emphasizes the importance of aligning the international student program and post-graduation work permit (PGWP) program with the present and future requirements of Canadians. He highlighted this crucial aspect during his announcement on Friday.
Addressing Housing Challenges
The minister stated that the housing shortage has been developing over the past 30-40 years and is largely unrelated to immigration.
Minister said that Canada needs approximately 100,000 skilled trades and construction professionals to build more homes. Newcomers are seen as a valuable resource to meet this demand and address the housing shortage.
Humanitarian Response and International Support
Canada is committed to responding on a humanitarian basis to internationally displaced individuals and families. The government plans to implement better planning strategies to ensure effective support and services for those in need.
Engagement with the Public and Stakeholders
Miller emphasized that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has actively engaged with stakeholders and the public throughout the year to shape a more robust immigration system for the future.
IRCC will share their plans publicly to keep everyone informed. They also acknowledged that Canada’s immigration system hasn’t been very responsive lately, and they are determined to change that.
The Immigration Minister Marc Miller said,
“I’ll have some opportunity over the next couple days to talk about Francophone immigration policy. We have made this a staple of our government and clearly, we have heard from stakeholders that we need to do a better job and increase our level of ambition. I plan to be ambitious with the targets that I’ll be announcing in the next few days, but I also want to be realistic.”Immigration Minister Marc Miller
This announcement hints at the possibility of Canada increasing immigration levels, with an official announcement expected in the coming days.
What is the New Canada Immigration Plan?
Every year, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) releases an Immigration Levels Plan, outlining the number of permanent resident admissions for the next three years. The plan helps Canada prepare for the future while meeting the current population’s needs.
What to Expect in the New Canada Immigration Plan?
Higher Efficiency Targets:
The new Canada Immigration Plan intends to address the challenges faced by Canada’s immigration system, particularly in processing the increasing demand.
Last year, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) proposed record immigration targets, aiming for 500,000 new permanent residents annually by the end of 2025. However, the system currently struggles to keep up with this high demand.
Response to Recommendations:
One significant area of focus is the online platforms for refugee programs, as indicated by immigration minister Marc Miller in recent media statements. These changes aim to streamline the immigration process.
Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026:
The announcement might include the Canada immigration levels plan for 2024-2026, aligning with the current timeline.
Every year, around November 1st, IRCC shares a Canada Immigration Plan for how many permanent residents it aims to welcome in the next three years, divided by different categories and programs.
Stay tuned with +1 News for live updates, as we bring you real-time information as the event unfolds.