CIMM - Parliamentary Context - Mar 10, 2021

CIMM Ministerial Appearance on the Hong Kong and Labour Market Impact Assessment studies

March 10, 2021

Background

Immigration and Refugee Measures for Hong Kong

As per the motion adopted on October 20, 2020, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) is currently conducting a study on Immigration and Refugee Measures for Hong Kong. On November 16, 2020, Minister Mendicino appeared at the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations (CACN) to speak to the newly implemented Hong Kong measures and on January 27, 2021, IRCC officials appeared before CIMM to provide an update on those measures.

Labour Market Impact Assessment

The Committee is concurrently commencing a broad study on labour market impact assessments (LMIA) as outlined in the motion adopted on February 1, 2021. In the previous session, officials appeared on a similar topic, during which IRCC provided an overview of the permanent and temporary resident programming, ESDC on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and StatsCan on key observations about the Canadian labour market.

Parliamentary Environment

Immigration and Refugee Measures for Hong Kong

On February 25, 2021, CACN tabled a report titled, The Breach of Hong Kong's High Degree of Autonomy: A Situation of International Concern containing significant implications for both family reunification and asylum in recommendations 7 through 10:

Later that same day, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness appeared before CACN, where the following questions of note implicating the Department arose:

A variety of stakeholders have been invited by CIMM and CACN over the past months to respectively provide testimony on their studies of Immigration and Refugee Measures for Hong Kong as well as the situation in Hong Kong. Key implications for immigration are as follows:

Labour Market Impact Assessment

Recent Developments

Immigration and Refugee Measures for Hong Kong

Labour Market Impact Assessment

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