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Citizenship change benefits couples with fertility issues and same-sex couples

July 9, 2020—Ottawa—Canadian families are as diverse as Canadians themselves, and everyone deserves the same rights and opportunities, no matter who they love or how they identify. In recognition of the diversity of Canadian families, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced a change in the interpretation of “parent” …

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Statement from the Honourable Marco Mendicino in celebration of Canada Day

Ottawa, July 1, 2020—The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement: “Happy Canada Day 2020! “This Canada Day is certainly one that we will all remember. “The pandemic has changed the way that we celebrate today, and this includes being able to physically join in citizenship ceremonies to welcome …

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Canada continues to explore innovative solutions for refugees

June 25, 2020—Ottawa—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today reaffirmed Canada’s ongoing commitment to exploring innovative solutions for refugees during the virtual Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR). During the meeting, Minister Mendicino presented 3 new actions stemming from Canada’s pledge at the Global Refugee Forum in 2019. Moving …

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Ministers Mendicino, Champagne and Gould mark World Refugee Day

Ottawa, June 20, 2020—The Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, M.P., P.C., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, M.P., Minister of International Development today issued the following statement: “For generations, Canada has been a strong and unwavering voice of support for refugees. Our country …

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Canada signs new youth mobility arrangement with Andorra in a virtual ceremony

Young Canadians and Andorrans will be able to live and work abroad through the International Experience Canada Program June 10, 2020—Ottawa—Today, Robert Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Maria Ubach Font, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Andorra, signed a new bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement between Canada and Andorra. …

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Agri-Food Pilot begins accepting applications May 15

May 15, 2020—Ottawa—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that effective today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications to the Agri-Food Pilot. The 3-year pilot will test an industry-specific approach to help employers in the meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse production, and livestock-raising industries fill …

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Government announces help for employers to meet their labour needs

Process launched today allows temporary workers to get back to work quickly May 12, 2020—Ottawa—With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting almost every sector in Canada, temporary foreign workers and their employers are confronted by new challenges in a rapidly changing job market. Many temporary workers with employer-specific work permits lost their jobs this spring. While some …

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Removing barriers for international students working in essential services to fight COVID-19

Temporary rule change aimed at helping health-care facilities, other workplaces under pressure April 22, 2020—Ottawa—To help battle the COVID-19 outbreak, starting immediately, the government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, …

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Canada provides update on exemptions to travel restrictions to protect Canadians and support the economy

Revised on March 27, 2020 March 20, 2020—Ottawa—The Government of Canada is providing an update on travel restrictions put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19. Exemptions to the air travel restrictions will apply to foreign nationals who have already committed to working, studying or making Canada their home, and travel by these individuals …

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Minister Mendicino Addresses The Canadian Club

From: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Speech As a journalist, I can’t tell you how grateful I am for that suspiciously brief introduction. I’d also like to echo the acknowledgment that we are indeed on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and the Haudenosaunee, and for your words to acknowledge the significance …

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Canada announces plan to continue growing the economy and creating middle class jobs through responsible increases in newcomers

March 12, 2020—Ottawa—Today the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled the 2020‒2022 Immigration Levels Plan in the House of Commons. The new plan will benefit all Canadians because immigration drives economic growth, spurs innovation and helps employers access the talent they need to thrive. Welcoming more newcomers will help to address …

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Canadian employers recognized for their work with newcomers to Canada

March 11, 2020—Ottawa—Each year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recognizes the innovative efforts of businesses across Canada in improving the integration of newcomers into the labour market. Today, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the winners of this year’s IRCC Employer Awards for Newcomer Employment. The 4 winners were …

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IRCC 2020 Employer Awards for Newcomer Employment

Each year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), in collaboration with Hire Immigrants Ottawa, recognizes the innovative efforts of businesses across Canada to improve the integration of newcomers into the labour market. This year’s winners are helping to reduce the barriers faced by newcomers entering the labour market and to improve their overall settlement in …

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Statement on Fraud Prevention Month

Ottawa, March 2, 2020—The Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement: “Every year, millions of people apply to visit or immigrate to Canada to enjoy the many opportunities that our country has to offer. “The vast majority of these applicants are genuine and wish to come …

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Statement on Fraud Prevention Month

Ottawa, March 2, 2020—The Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement: “Every year, millions of people apply to visit or immigrate to Canada to enjoy the many opportunities that our country has to offer. “The vast majority of these applicants are genuine and wish to come …

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