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Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative promotes Canada's private refugee sponsorship model

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative met in Ottawa this week for a three-day launch event that brought together 90 participants, including sponsorship groups, international delegates, partners and government officials interested in Canada's private sponsorship model for refugees.


Changes to 2017 Parent and Grandparent Program application intake process

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Family reunification is a key immigration commitment of the Government of Canada. The Parent and Grandparent Program brings together thousands of families each year. For 2017, the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced changes to how sponsorship applications will be submitted under the program.


Government of Canada delivering faster processing and shorter wait times for spousal reunification

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

December 7, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is making it faster and easier for Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses. At the direction of the Minister, earlier this year Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) began a concerted effort to reduce processing times. From the start of 2016 to the fall, processing times were reduced by 15 percent for in-Canada applications and just over 10 percent for applications outside Canada.


Growth of good jobs for Canadians the goal of the Global Skills Strategy

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

November 30, 2016- Mississauga, ON –Today, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains announced that companies will soon be able to bring in the highly-skilled experts they need to grow, flourish and provide good jobs for Canadians faster than ever before.


Improvements to Express Entry on the way

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Changes to Express Entry, which will take effect on November 19, are part of a number of improvements the Government is making on a continual basis to bring changes for a more fair and responsive immigration system that will address emerging needs and ensure long-term economic growth for the middle class.


Canada announces its intention to allow all Romanians and Bulgarians to travel to Canada visa-free on December 1, 2017

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

October 31, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario – The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today the Government of Canada's intention to lift the visa requirements for Romanian and Bulgarian citizens on December 1, 2017. It demonstrates the importance that the Government of Canada places on its relationship with both countries and with the EU more broadly.


2017 Immigration Plan - Setting the Foundation for Economic Growth

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

October 31, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is committed to an immigration system that strengthens the Canadian middle class through economic growth and attracting investment, supports diversity and helps build vibrant, dynamic and inclusive communities. The story of Canadian immigration is inseparable from the story of Canada itself.


Federal provincial territorial forum of Ministers responsible for Immigration meet to discuss future immigration planning

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for immigration met today in Winnipeg to talk about the future of immigration in Canada. Ministers discussed how immigration can support sustainable, long-term economic growth across the country while celebrating diversity and encouraging the inclusion of all newcomers to Canada.


Major-General Rouleau Sentenced following Court Martial

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Today, Major-General Michael Rouleau, Commander, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command was found guilty by a Standing Court Martial of neglect to the prejudice of good order and discipline contrary to section 129 of the National Defence Act. He was sentenced to a $2,000 fine by Lieutenant-Colonel Louis-Vincent d'Auteuil, Military Judge.


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