Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a new mandate addressing Canada’s immigration Minister Marco Mendicino on January 15, 2021.
In this new mandate letter, Prime Minister stressed that Immigration will remain central to the society and economy of Canada.
For Canada’s immigration department, the mandate letter is the most critical policy letter. It outlines the priorities that the Prime Minister of Canada asks the Minister of Immigration and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to follow during the time of the government in power.
The mandate letter describes key concerns such as the Immigration Levels Plan of Canada, creation of new immigration programs and improving the time taken to process the applications etc.,
Earlier in December 2019, Prime Minister Trudeau provided a mandate letter to Mendicino. This new letter is a supplement to the letter already issued in December 2019.
Priorities of the letter include:
- Continue to embrace newcomers to help the economic development and post-COVID recovery of Canada by
- extending pilot programs through economic immigration streams to welcome refugees;
- accelerating support to family reunification; and
- working continuously on sectoral and regional pilot programs.
- Continue to implement measures to provide permanent residency pathways to health care providers during the coronavirus pandemic in long-term care homes, medical facilities, or who have provided other critical services.
- Keep on working with cabinet colleagues to safeguard the health and safety of Canadians, managing ports of entry in Canada professionally and compassionately.
- Identify potential permanent residency pathways in addition to the existing programs for temporary foreign employees.
- Collaborate with the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion to protect workers vulnerable to COVID-19.
- Ensure that workers in agriculture and food processing fill the needs of the labour force.
- Collaborate working with Provinces and Territories of Canada to provide settlement support to the new immigrants such as French-language training.
Justin Trudeau outlined that there is no other important relationship to him and his Country than one with indigenous people. The Government is committed to moving forward with respect and dignity along the shared path of reconciliation.
Further, he instructed that all the Ministers should play a vital role in support to advance self-determination, closing the socio-economic disparities and remove systematic obstacles facing First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples.