Canada-British Columbia Immigration Agreement

General Provisions


1.0  Preamble

Therefore Canada and British Columbia agree to the following:

2.0  Definitions

For the purposes of this Agreement:

  1. words used in this Agreement which are defined in the IRPA or in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (hereinafter referred to as the "IRPR"), have the same meaning as in the IRPA or the IRPR;
  2. a reference to the IRPA or the IRPR is a reference to the Act or the Regulations, as amended from time to time; and
  3. where a definition given in this Agreement is inconsistent with a definition given in the IRPA or the IRPR, the definition in the IRPA or the IRPR will prevail.

For the purposes of this Agreement:

  1. “Agreement” means these General Provisions and all Annexes attached hereto as may be amended from time to time;
  2. “Convention Refugee” is a person defined under section 96 of the IRPA;
  3. “Designated Representatives” are the primary contacts for both Canada and British Columbia who are responsible for the interpretation, inquiries, and requests for amendments to this Agreement;
  4. “Dispute” means a conflict or disagreement between the Parties respecting:
    1. the interpretation, application, or implementation of this Agreement, or the IRPA or IRPR as they relate to this Agreement; or
    2. a breach or anticipated breach of this Agreement;
  5. “Focal Points” mean the primary contacts for the Parties responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Annexes under this Agreement; this includes the interpretation, inquiries, and requests for amendments of the Annexes, addressing any issues that arise, and compliance with the provisions of the Annexes;
  6. “French-Speaking Immigrant” means an Immigrant for whom French is the first Canadian official language of usage;
  7. “Immigrant” means a Permanent Resident, including Convention Refugees abroad and humanitarian-protected persons abroad resettled to Canada, and protected persons in Canada;
  8. “Local Government” means the council of a municipality or the board of a regional district;
  9. “Minority Official Languages Communities” means French-speaking communities in British Columbia;
  10. “Party” means Canada or British Columbia and “Parties” means Canada and British Columbia;
  11. “Persons in Urgent Need of Protection” means, in respect of members of the Convention Refugee abroad or the country of asylum class, that their life, liberty or physical safety is under immediate threat and, if not protected, the persons are likely to be: killed; subjected to violence, torture, sexual assault or arbitrary imprisonment; or returned to their country of nationality or their former habitual residence;
  12. “Processing Pause” means that Provincial Nominee certificates and/or applications related to those certificates under Dispute will no longer be accepted by the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and returned; and that processing will cease on those Provincial Nominee applications under Dispute until the Dispute is resolved;
  13. “Provincial Nominee” means a person who is a member of the Provincial Nominee class pursuant to Subsection 87(2) of the IRPR;
  14. “Provincial Nominee Program” means a program for provincial nominations as per agreements entered into pursuant to subsection 8(1) of the IRPA and subsection 5(1) of the DCIA;
  15. "Refugee" means a protected person under the IRPA;
  16. “Resettlement Assistance” means services to support the immediate and essential needs of Specified Humanitarian Persons Resettled from Abroad;
  17. “Special Needs Persons” means persons who have a greater need for settlement and integration services than other Refugees owing to personal circumstances, including: family size and composition; trauma resulting from violence or torture; medical conditions; and/or the effects of systemic discrimination;
  18. “Specified Humanitarian Persons Resettled from Abroad” means persons selected by Canada abroad and identified as requiring government assistance, persons who are admitted to Canada through blended initiatives such as the Joint Assistance Program, or other initiatives where Canada and private sector or non-governmental sponsoring groups share in the provision of income support and immediate essential services;
  19. "Temporary Resident" means a temporary foreign worker, an international student, or a visitor; and
  20. “Vulnerable Persons” means, in respect of Convention Refugees or persons in similar circumstances, that the persons have a greater need of protection than other applicants for protection abroad because of their particular circumstances that give rise to a heightened risk to their physical safety.

3.0  Purpose and Objectives

4.0  Immigration Planning and Programs

Through collaboration with Canada, British Columbia agrees to receive a proportion of Refugees who are:

  1. Special Needs Persons;
  2. Vulnerable Persons; or
  3. Persons in Urgent Need of Protection.

5.0  French-Speaking Immigration

6.0  Consultations and Local Government

7.0  Promotion and Recruitment

8.0  Selection and Inadmissibility

9.0  Settlement, Integration and Refugee Resettlement

10.0  Multiculturalism

11.0  Citizenship

12.0  Implementation

13.0  Notices

13.1  Any notice to be delivered under this Agreement should be sent to the Party concerned as follows, as well as to the Parties’ Designated Representatives:

Address for notice to Canada
Deputy Minister
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
365 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1

Address for notice to British Columbia
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
P.O. Box 9846 Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9T2

13.2  Either Party may, from time to time, change a Designated Representative by giving notice in accordance with this Agreement.

13.3  Any notice, information or document provided for under this Agreement may be delivered or sent by letter, electronic mail or facsimile, postage or other charges prepaid. Any notice that is delivered will be deemed to have been received on delivery; any notice sent by electronic mail or facsimile will be deemed to have been received one working day after having been sent; and any notice mailed will be deemed to have been received eight (8) calendar days after being mailed.

In witness whereof this Agreement has been signed by the Parties on the dates written below.

for the government of canada



The Honourable Marco Mendicino
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration


For the government of british columbia



The Honourable Josie Osborne
Minister of Municipal Affairs


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