ARCHIVED – Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, 2013 – Conclusion

Immigration continues to play a crucial role in shaping Canada’s economic prosperity and sustainability. The improvements in 2012 to modernize the way Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) does business—by moving toward more efficient and effective processing, stronger program integrity and improved client service—continued to yield multiple benefits: supporting Canada’s economic growth, continuing to reduce application backlogs, increasing protection to potential and new immigrants, and facilitating travel across our borders while protecting the health, safety and security of Canadians. The changes have been much broader in 2013, which can be characterized as a year of transition at CIC. Numerous changes have been implemented to align efforts with Canada’s evolving economic conditions while supporting the Department’s commitment to create a fast, flexible and responsive immigration system.

As CIC implements its 2014 immigration levels plan, it will continue to build an immigration system that responds to Canada’s labour market needs, upholds its family reunification and humanitarian commitments, while continuing to protect the health, safety and security of all Canadians.

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