Helping New Canadians Build Successful Lives in Canada
What we’ve done:
Helping internationally trained new Canadians secure good, well-paying jobs with the Foreign Credentials Recognition Loans Program—the pilot project granted over 1,800 new Canadians with micro-loans, averaging $7,000 each.
Launched the Global Skills Strategy, allowing employers to stimulate innovation by recruiting top talent to come work in Canada.
Helping new workers, such as young Canadians and recent immigrants, access employment insurance benefits while they search for employment by eliminating the higher EI eligibility requirements that were introduced by the previous government.
Eliminated the cumulative duration rule or the “four-in, four-out” rule, which limited how long temporary foreign workers could stay in Canada, so that temporary workers can now extend their permits for longer than four years.
Improved the processing times for citizenship from 24 months to less than 12 months.
Protecting vulnerable sponsored spouses or partners—often women—from having to stay in abusive relationships by removing the requirement for sponsored spouses or partners to live with their sponsor for two years in order to keep their permanent status.
Ensured that all Canadians—including dual citizens—are treated equally once again by passing Bill C-6, a law that repeals unfair provisions in the Citizenship Act that created two-tiered citizenship.
Reunited more families, increasing the number of spouses, partners, and dependent children to be admitted by 12,000 and shortened processing times for spousal applications from 26 to 12 months in 2016.
Brought more families together, doubling the number of parent and grandparent sponsorship applications accepted annually from 5,000 to 10,000 in 2016.
Settled over 40,000 Syrian refugees who were fleeing war in Syria as of January 2017.
Welcomed about 800 survivors of Daesh, including vulnerable Yazidi women and children and their families, and have made a commitment to resettle another 400 survivors.
Attracting skilled immigrants and encouraging international student graduates to stay and work in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program.
Created a system that promotes alternatives to detention within the immigration system.
Increased the age of dependent children from 19 years of age to 22 years of age, in order to ensure that more families don’t get separated when coming to Canada.
Added additional points under Express Entry for candidates with siblings in Canada to support newcomers as they adjust to life in Canada.
There’s still more work to do:
Working with the provinces and territories to provide high-quality settlement services to ensure that new Canadians are successful in their new home.
Further reducing application processing times for people seeking inland refugee claims.
Developing a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy that will find innovative solutions to supporting communities most in need, such as newcomers, and create an inclusive and prosperous Canada.