In advance of the federal government’s 2012 immigration “levels plan”, to be tabled in Parliament on or before November 1, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Minister Jason Kenney recently launched a series of cross-country consultations with stakeholders and the public on the issue of immigration levels and mix.
The government’s annual “levels plan” provides the number of foreign nationals projected to become permanent residents in the following year with a range for each category of permanent resident.
According to a CIC news release and backgrounder, the recently launched national consultations will explore a number of issues related to three main questions:
- What is the appropriate level of immigration for Canada?
- What is the appropriate mix between economic immigrants, family class immigrants and protected persons (refugees)?
- How can we better manage the system to make it more efficient so that we have reasonable processing times, less fraud, greater fairness and better outcomes for newcomers?
Meetings with stakeholders have been held in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. According to CIC’s news release, invited stakeholders were chosen to “represent a variety of perspectives, including those of employers, labour, academia, learning institutions, professional organizations, business organizations, regulatory bodies, municipalities, settlement provider organizations and ethnocultural organizations.”
Online consultations will take place later this summer and will be open to the public.
CIC has indicated it will provide a report on its website once the consultations are completed.
For further information on the federal government’s consultations or on the requirements and process in applying for permanent residence in Canada, please contact the immigration law specialists at Green and Spiegel LLP.