Response to Parliamentary Committees and External Audits

Response to parliamentary committees

PACP: Report 3 - Settlement Services for Syrian Refugees – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, of the Fall 2017 Reports of the Auditor General of Canada

On February 13, 2018, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts held a meeting to study the Auditor General of Canada’s audit on selected settlement services offered to Syrian refugees. Subsequent to this meeting, the Committee tabled a report on March 28, 2018. The report contained four recommendations, seeking progress reports on the following areas: the delivery of funds to service providers; enhancements made to the Immigration Contribution Agreement Reporting Environment (iCARE) system; information and orientation to service providers, support services and employment-related services; and the Outcomes Monitoring Framework (OMF) and performance information profile for the Syrian refugee initiative.

The Government Response to the Committee’s report was tabled on August 16, 2018.

In addition to the Government Response, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) addressed each of the four recommendations contained in the Report via the following actions:

On the timely delivery of funds to service providers

Recommendation

That, by 31 July 2018, IRCC present to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts the updated Chapter 2 (Planning) of its Grants and Contributions Manual.

Action

IRCC presented the updated Chapter 2 (Planning) of its Grants and Contributions Manual.

Deadline

July 31, 2018

On the information available on language training waitlists

Recommendation

That, by 31 July 2018, IRCC present to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts a report detailing the progress and enhancements to be made to its iCARE system and other possible options to better manage the information available on language training waitlists for refugees, including a timeline for making these enhancements.

Action

IRCC presented a report detailing the progress and enhancements to be made to its iCARE system and other possible options to better manage the information available on language training waitlists for refugees, including a timeline for making these enhancements.

Deadline

July 31, 2018

On service expectations

Recommendation

That IRCC present to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts two reports on the requirements for (1) information and orientation services providers, as well as needs assessment and referral services providers, by 31 May 2018; and (2) support services and employment-related service providers by 30 November 2018.

Action

IRCC presented two reports on the requirements for:

Deadline

On the outcomes monitoring framework and the performance information profile for the Syrian refugee initiative

Recommendation

That, by 30 April 2018, IRCC present to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts a report detailing its outcomes monitoring framework and its performance information profile for the Syrian refugee initiative.

Action

IRCC presented a report showing its OMF and its performance information profile for the Syrian refugee initiative.

Deadline

April 30 2018

CIMM: Report 15 - Building an Inclusive Canada: Bringing the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in Step with Modern Values

On October 16, 2017, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration agreed to study the federal government’s policies and guidelines regarding medical inadmissibility in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), notably through the lens of excessive demand on health and social services provisions. Subsequent to this study, the Committee tabled a report on December 13, 2017. The report contained five recommendations addressing the following areas: consultations with provinces and territories; modernization of section 38 (1)(c) of IRPA; data collection; proper training for immigration/visa officers and medical officers; calculation of cost threshold for excessive demand; expansion of the categories of exemptions to the excessive demand provision; and provision of clear and comprehensive information.

The Government Response to the Committee’s report was tabled on April 16, 2018.

CIMM: Report 18 - Road to Recovery: Resettlement Issues of Yazidi Women and Children in Canada

On October 16, 2017, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration agreed to request an update on the resettlement issues faced by Yazidi women and girls in Canada. Subsequent to this study, the Committee tabled a report on March 29, 2018, which contained 12 recommendations addressing the following areas: refugee resettlement targets; facilitating private sponsorship; facilitating a favourable environment for return; building cohesive communities; strengthening settlement services; developing best practices for the resettlement of vulnerable groups; ensuring proximity to services and affordable housing; improving mental health support and access; anticipating interpretation needs; developing community interpreting; encouraging language acquisition; and supporting family reunification.

The Government Response to the Committee’s report was tabled on August 22, 2018.

CIMM: Report 20 - Responding to Public Complaints: A Review of the Appointment, Training and Complaint Processes of the Immigration and Refugee Board

On February 6, 2018, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration adopted a motion to study the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). More specifically, the Committee examined the IRB’s processes for appointing and training decision makers as well as for handling complaints against decision makers. Subsequent to this study, the Committee tabled a report on September 17, 2018, with eight recommendations, three of which fall within the purview of the IRB, one which falls within the purview of the Privy Council Office, and four which are shared between the two organizations. The recommendations are organized according to the three interdependent processes of the IRB: Appointment Processes; Training Processes; and Complaint Processes.

The Government Response to the Committee’s report was tabled on August 22, 2018.

Response to audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (including audits conducted by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development):

There were no audits in 2018–19 requiring a response.

Response to audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages:

There were no audits in 2018–19 requiring a response.

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