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Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot

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Canada is a pioneer in the development and use of complementary immigration pathways for refugees, offering solutions outside of traditional humanitarian resettlement. While refugees may be fleeing conflict, many of them possess skills and experience that are of great benefit to Canada’s labour market.


Canada’s efforts to support refugee protection and integration

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A protected person is someone who has applied for refugee protection status while in Canada and whom the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) has determined to be a Convention refugee or in need of protection in Canada. In making its decisions, the IRB takes into account whether an individual has a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, political opinion, nationality or membership in a particular social group, or is at risk of torture or punishment.


Reclaiming Indigenous names on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada identity documents

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched a process for Indigenous peoples, residential school survivors and their families to reclaim their Indigenous names on replacement passports, travel documents, citizenship certificates and permanent resident cards free of charge until May 30, 2026.


Organizations selected to deliver adapted language training

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In November 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched an expression of interest process to solicit proposals from organizations able to deliver French and English language training to newcomers who declare French as their language of preference and want to make a Francophone minority community their new home.


Pathway to permanent residence for in-Canada families of Canadian victims of air disasters ET302 and PS752

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has put in place a new public policy facilitating permanent residence application for in-Canada families of victims of air disasters involving Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 (ET302) and Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752). The public policy came into effect on May 12, 2021, and will remain in place until May 11, 2022.


Measures to support Hong Kong residents, including youth, to come to Canada

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As part of the whole-of-government response, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is implementing a number of measures that will allow Hong Kong students and youth to quickly come to Canada on work and study permits as well as new pathways to stay permanently. The new permanent residence pathways will also benefit people from Hong Kong already in Canada under existing work and study permits.


IRCC’s SDI projects: Providing insights and opportunities

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) works with many partners that deliver crucial services to newcomers to support their integration into Canadian communities. Service delivery improvement (SDI) projects test new ways of improving settlement programming to make it more responsive to newcomers’ circumstances.


Update on travel restriction exemptions for international students

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Learning institutions whose COVID-19 readiness plans have been approved by their provincial or territorial government will soon be able to welcome more international students back to their schools.


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