What does the future of immigration in Canada looks like?
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The Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration (FMRI) met virtually to discuss the future of immigration in Canada. In this meeting, they focused on a long-term plan for a more responsive and collaborative immigration system.
As you already know, the pandemic created many disruptions to Canada’s immigration system. However, the country is recovering and the Ministers in attendance had the opportunity to discuss how to better distribute the benefits of immigration throughout the country.
They also reaffirmed their commitment to a federal-provincial/territorial (FPT) relationship that supports timely and meaningful partnerships and collaboration.
“Our ongoing collaboration, further strengthened today, has contributed to valuable initiatives that will help support population growth and a modern immigration system.” The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration. “Together, we can build a stronger and more diverse Canada.” He added.
Immigration in Canada over the last year
According to a news release, FPT governments have implemented several facilitative measures and innovations to adapt the immigration system. This includes offering virtual services for clients and adjusting programming for provincial nominees and international students.
2021 and the months to come
The Ministers agreed that Immigration will continue to be an important source of economic and population growth throughout the country. They will continue to work together to ensure that long-term FPT immigration goals contribute to Canada’s future prosperity.
To further support Canada’s economic recovery in the months to come, the FMRI will work to:
- Reduce processing times
- Explore improvements to the ways economic immigrants are selected and their applications processed.
- The FMRI will also work to enhance collaboration on temporary resident policies, programs, and pathways to permanent residency.
The ministers also discussed topics such as:
- Multi-year levels planning with a focus on economic immigration
- The regional distribution of immigration
- The success of the Provincial Nominee Program
- Francophone immigration outside of Quebec
- Also, settlement services for permanent and temporary residents.
About the FMRI
The Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration is an FPT decision-making body with the goal of supporting an effective immigration system for Canada. Furthermore, in 2020, FPT Ministers established a vision for immigration to Canada and a mission for the FMRI. The vision articulates a co-ordinated strategic plan for an immigration system that strengthens the positive economic and social benefits of immigration in all parts of Canada. Further, the mission is to advance joint immigration priorities and to enhance Canada’s immigration policies and programs.
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