Corporate initiatives

Departmental highlights

See this infographic to find our service highlights for this past year and learn how we are improving our services.

Strategic outcomes

Our four strategic outcomes describe the long-term results that the Department’s programs are designed to achieve.

Immigration plan

Every year, the Government of Canada tables in Parliament a plan for the number of immigrants that will be admitted into Canada the following year. In setting this immigration plan, the government considers the country’s economic needs as well as our family reunification and humanitarian goals.

Our commitment to anti-racism

Our mandate is central to a strong and diverse Canada, so must hold ourselves to the highest possible standards for programs, policies and client service that are free from any racial bias. Read about our commitment to anti-racism.

Services for women

We protect women living in dangerous situations, help them heal and connect them with services we fund. Learn about our services for women.

Asylum System Management Board

The Asylum System Management Board is the senior level decision-making body for the asylum system. Members from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) work towards advancing the effectiveness and efficiency of the asylum system.


Biometrics is the measurement of unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints and facial features, for the purpose of verifying identity with a high level of certainty.

Beginning in 2013, certain foreign nationals seeking visas to enter Canada have been required to give their fingerprints and have their photograph taken as part of their application.

Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative

The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative aims to build on Canada’s private sponsorship model to promote and support the development of new community-based sponsorship programs in other countries.


Service standards

Find our service standards – from the time we receive your application to the final decision

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