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.

Biometrics

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 will be 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.

Features

Service standards

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