IRCC Minister Transition Binder 2021: Towards an Inclusive Canada

What does it mean for us?

IRCC employees are driving change

Department employees are working to reduce inequality and eliminate the barriers faced by vulnerable Canadians, newcomers and Indigenous Peoples. They bring lived experience to the work and help address barriers in IRCC programs, policies and services.

Areas of Focus


People Management


Actions to date

Next steps

Policy and Programs


Actions to date

Next steps

Service Delivery


Actions to date

Next steps


Anti-Racism Strategy at a Glance (2021-2023)

A Shared Responsibility

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We need diverse perspectives to create a strategy and action plan that is responsive to our deficiencies, embraced by our employees, & leads to sustainable change & results.


Gender-Based Analysis Plus

GBA Plus Highlights at IRCC

GBA+ and COVID-19: 


Truth and Reconciliation – Commission of Canada

IRCC has a distinct role to play in Reconciliation given its historical role in settlement and assimilation. IRCC is working to improve understanding, build relationships and expand expectations on Reconciliation.

Calls to Action Implicating IRCC:

17. We call upon all levels of government to enable residential school Survivors and their families to reclaim names changed by the residential school system by waiving administrative costs for a period of five years for the name-change process and the revision of official identity documents, such as birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, health cards, status cards, and social insurance numbers.

57. We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and Anti-Racism.

93. We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with the national Aboriginal organizations, to revise the information kit for newcomers to Canada and its citizenship test to reflect a more inclusive history of the diverse Aboriginal peoples of Canada, including information about the Treaties and the history of residential schools.

94. We call upon the Government of Canada to replace the Oath of Citizenship with the following:


What actions has IRCC taken?

#17 Ongoing

#57 Ongoing

#93 Ongoing

#94 Delivered


IRCC is working to better integrate Indigenous Peoples and knowledge into core business lines, and build stronger relationships with Indigenous Peoples and organizations.

What more can the Department do?

There are opportunities to broaden and expand on engagement, partnerships and cross-cultural relations between IRCC and Indigenous Peoples. For example:


Digital accessibility is not enough, IRCC is working to make services more inclusive for our clients and our employees

What has IRCC been doing?

Key Takeaways

Anti-racism, equity, inclusion, reconciliation and accessibility are foundational issues that impact IRCC employees and the clients the Department serves.





Ensuring that IRCC is more inclusive for everyone, and fostering a workplace culture that values diversity is critical to ensuring that the Department can administer policies, programs and services that reflect Canada’s diversity.

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