Immigration & Citizenship

  1. Federal, provincial and territorial immigration Ministers meet to plan for the future of Canada’s immigration system
  2. “On this 155th anniversary of Confederation, I wish all Canadians a very happy Canada Day. I also wish to extend a warm welcome to all those celebrating their first Canada Day as new Canadians, as well as to the thousands of Afghans and Ukrainians who have arrived over the last couple of months.”
  3. The Government of Canada continues to work hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. For the over 16,270 Afghan refugees who have landed in Canada since last August, tomorrow’s festivities will mark their first Canada Day in their new communities.
  4. The Government of Canada continues to work hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Since August 2021, Canada has welcomed a total of 16,270 Afghan refugees, including over 3,800 school-aged children.
  5. The Government of Canada recognizes the immense challenges faced by those fleeing conflict and is committed to improving access to vital mental health services for vulnerable newcomers. Since 1989, Kids Help Phone has provided free, 24/7, confidential mental health resources to young people across Canada.
  6. Speaking notes for the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship: Announcement related to mental health services to support newcomer youth
  7. “Each year on World Refugee Day, people from around the world reflect not only on the plight and challenges faced by refugees, but also on the strength and contributions they bring as they bravely rebuild their lives in new communities. In Canada, refugees are a driving force behind our society and economy, and our country has a proud, long-standing humanitarian tradition of being an international leader in resettlement and integration. We are proud of what we have accomplished so far, and we are determined to do more.”
  8. The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed over 16,000 Afghan refugees, including the arrival of a charter flight in Vancouver this morning with 313 Afghans who supported Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.
  9. Canada has now marked an important milestone by welcoming our 15,000th Afghan refugee since August 2021. To date, we have welcomed 15,475 vulnerable Afghans. The latest newcomers arrived in Toronto, Ontario, on June 8 on a charter flight with approximately 300 Afghan nationals on board as part of Canada’s privately sponsored refugee program.
  10. Jean Boulet, Quebec Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration and Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region, and the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, announced a new measure to restrict access to the post-graduation work permit for certain graduates of unsubsidized private learning institutions.
  11. As we work to recover from the pandemic, the Government of Canada continues to prioritize family reunification so that we can attract, retain and integrate immigrants who contribute to the success of our country.
  12. Newcomers are essential to Canada’s short-term recovery and long-term prosperity, including in the health care sector. As we continue to welcome newcomers who bring the essential skills we need for our economy to thrive, settlement services play a key role in helping them to succeed.
  13. The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed a total of 14,645 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.
  14. As part of our commitment to support those fleeing Russia’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, Canada secured charter flights for those needing help to travel here. The Government of Canada continues to work closely with provinces and territories, settlement organizations and NGOs across the country to support Ukrainians and their family members before, during, and after their arrival in Canada.
  15. Canada continues to stand with the people of Ukraine, and is committed to helping Ukrainians find safe haven. That includes helping them travel to Canada and putting in place the necessary supports for Ukrainians and their families so they can be successful after they arrive.
  16. As part of our commitment to support those fleeing Russia’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, Canada has secured three charter flights for those who need help travelling to Canada. The Government of Canada continues to work closely with provinces and territories, settlement organizations, and NGOs across the country to support Ukrainians and their family members before, during, and after their arrival in Canada.
  17. The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed a total of 14,485 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.
  18. Citizenship Week is an opportunity for Canadians across the country and around the world to show pride in our history, culture and achievements.
  19. The Government of Canada is committed to addressing the acute labour shortages being felt across the country as a result of Canada’s strong economic recovery from the pandemic. Newcomers to Canada will continue to play a pivotal role in strengthening our communities, providing much-needed skills and labour in both the short and long terms.
  20. As part of our commitment to support those fleeing Russia’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, Canada has been working to secure charters for those who need help travelling here. The Government of Canada continues to work closely with provinces and territories, settlement organizations and NGOs across the country to support Ukrainians and their family members before, during and after their arrival in Canada.
  21. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today issued the following statement to mark the start of Citizenship Week, which runs from May 23 to 29, 2022
  22. Much of the world continues to face significant challenges as a result of large-scale displacement, including forced displacement. In particular, Mexico and countries in Central America are facing unprecedented migration challenges, as well as unprecedented levels of displacement.
  23. Migrants are an important part of our national identity, and they have contributed greatly to Canada’s growth. They are a source of strength for Canada, as migrants help drive economic growth by filling labour force gaps and maintain population growth while contributing to our nation’s strong cultural foundation.
  24. The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed a total of 13,050 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.
  25. Case management is a comprehensive approach to settle government-assisted refugees and other high-needs and vulnerable newcomers facing multiple and complex barriers to integrate. This can include victims of gender-based violence, disadvantaged youth, and LGBTQ2 individuals. It is typically provided during a client’s first 12 to 18 months in Canada. The approach generally involves a comprehensive needs and assets assessment and settlement plan, regular monitoring of progress and check-ins at set intervals, as well as personalized and intensive supports based on each client’s needs.
  26. Newcomers to Canada play a crucial role in our country’s future and our economic recovery from the pandemic. They enrich our communities, and they work every day to create jobs, care for our loved ones and support local businesses.
  27. Canada continues to stand with the people of Ukraine, including providing them with a temporary safe haven in Canada. We know that some Ukrainians and their family members may need help to travel, and we have been working to provide options for them to come to Canada.
  28. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), today concluded a successful visit to Europe, which included stops in Belgium, France and Poland. Throughout the week, the Minister met with key European allies and European Union (EU) partners to discuss the ongoing crises in Afghanistan and Ukraine and reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to helping the world’s most vulnerable.
  29. The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed a total of 12,605 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.
  30. The Government of Canada is steadfast in its commitment to help Ukrainians and their family members. Since the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) was launched, Canada has approved more than 71,000 applications. We recognize that many Ukrainians may have questions after they submit their applications and their biometric information, and Canada is expanding services on the ground in Europe to better support those who wish to seek temporary safe haven in Canada.
  31. The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed a total of 12,160 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.
  32. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser make an announcement on upcoming changes related to Express Entry and opportunities for international graduates.
  33. As Canada continues to recover from the pandemic, employers are actively looking to fill hundreds of thousands of vacant positions in all sectors across the country. Immigration is more important than ever to fuel Canada’s economy, as our strong economic growth is now outpacing our ability to find and keep workers. Canada is a top destination for global talent. We need to use this fact to ensure that businesses and employers have access to the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed.
  34. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser provides an update on support for Ukrainians, including highlighting business, foundation and NGO partnerships.
  35. The Government of Canada is resolute in its commitment to provide Ukrainians and their families with a safe haven while the unprovoked and illegal war continues in their home country. We recognize that some Ukrainians may need support in their travel and we are calling on Canadians and Canadian businesses to continue our proud tradition of helping the world’s most vulnerable.
  36. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser provide updates on how displaced Ukrainians arriving in Canada will be supported after their arrival.
  37. Since the depths of the pandemic recession, the government’s focus on jobs—on keeping Canadians employed and on keeping their employers afloat—has ensured Canada’s economy has made a rapid and strong recovery. Canada has seen the best jobs recovery in the G7, having recovered 112 per cent of the jobs lost, and with an unemployment rate that sits at just 5.5 per cent—close to the 5.4 per cent low in 2019 that was Canada’s best in five decades.
  38. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser, and Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra, hold a news conference to make an announcement regarding additional measures for those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
  39. Across the globe, millions of people are displaced and in need of safety and protection. Only about 1% of refugees have access to resettlement each year, leaving millions of people in limbo and a significant talent pool often untapped. Labour complementary pathways provide an additional way, beyond resettlement, for displaced people to find durable solutions in third countries through labour migration programs. In so doing, they recognize refugees’ skills, experience and talent, in addition to their need for protection.
  40. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi provide an update on several IRCC initiatives.
  41. As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, more and more Canadians are looking to travel abroad. The Government of Canada will continue to modernize and improve its services to better respond to the changing needs of Canadians.
  42. Immigration benefits all Canadians by driving our economy, addressing labour shortages, and strengthening our communities. In response to the large volume of applications, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been improving its operations, adding resources where they are needed most, and streamlining processes that provide clients with the experience they expect and deserve.
  43. Today, Canada marked an important milestone by welcoming over 10,000 Afghan refugees since August 2021. The latest newcomers arrived in Toronto, Ontario, on a charter flight with nearly 300 Afghan nationals.
  44. Canada remains steadfast in its commitment to welcome Ukrainians and their families and to provide a safe haven while the war continues in their home country. But their journey does not end when they enter Canada, and we are working to provide additional supports for Ukrainians once they arrive.
  45. The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed 9,560 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.
  46. The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed over 9,400 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.
  47. Canada launches new temporary residence pathway to welcome those fleeing the war in Ukraine
  48. The Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) is one of the many special measures the Government of Canada has introduced to support the people of Ukraine.
  49. The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed over 8,680 Afghan refugees, with more arriving every week.
  50. Canada continues to welcome a record number of newcomers to live in, work in, and visit Canada, and high-quality immigration advice should be available for those who need and rely on it. The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening the regulation of immigration and citizenship consultants, and to holding them to the highest possible professional standards.