IRCC Minister Transition Binder 2021: Federal-Provincial-Territorial and International Relations


Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Relations

Provinces and territories have been focused on a broad range of immigration issues including:

Economic Immigration



Settlement Services

Multilateral International Engagement

IRCC conducts multilateral international engagement through various fora to support our mandate, including the resettlement of refugees, to identify collective solutions to global challenges, to support regular migration pathways, and to promote a positive narrative on migration.

Five Eyes:

United Nations organizations:

IRCC is an active player in global discussions dedicated to regular migration and refugee protection.

UN Network on Migration

Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)

Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees

Canada is a world leader in refugee resettlement and development of complementary pathways of admissions for refugees, and has accepted international leadership roles intended to promote expanded access. This includes: chairing the Global Task Force on Labour Mobility, leading policy development in complementary pathways of admission under the Economic Mobility Pathways Program (EMPP), and leading other international capacity building initiatives on protection.

Bilateral International Engagement

Bilateral international engagement allows IRCC to address migration and refugee protection issues that are specific to its relationship with another country, learn from other countries’ experiences, and share information about Canada’s model of migration and refugee protection.

IRCC is often called on to take a leadership role in whole-of-government responses to emerging situations (e.g. Hong Kong, Afghanistan).

Examples of IRCC’s bilateral engagement include:

Bilateral Relations with the United States

IRCC has a strong and longstanding migration relationship with United States counterparts, regularly collaborating on issues relating to border security, information-sharing and asylum in the North American perimeter, as well as international migration and refugee protection issues.

International Capacity Building

Through capacity building, IRCC helps countries develop tools and policies to manage migration, strengthen asylum systems, and deal with migration and protection challenges. These efforts support both safe and regular pathways for migration, the deterrence of irregular migration, as well as strengthen protection systems.

Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI)

Comprehensive Regional Framework for Protection and Solution (also known as MIRPS) Support Platform

International Migration Capacity Building Program

Key Takeaways

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