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Canada opens new visa application centre in Portugal

2024 February 19 Ottawa—Immigration is critical to Canada’s long-term success. Newcomers and visitors fuel our economy and add vibrancy to our communities. As we continue to receive high volumes of visa applications from around the world, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is committed to improving processing efficiency and client service. This includes expanding our international presence when needed. The...

Canada continues efforts to welcome French-speaking skilled newcomers

2024 February 9 Ottawa—Francophone immigration plays a crucial role in strengthening our national identity, while also growing the economy and addressing labour shortages. That’s why Canada is increasing its efforts to welcome French-speaking skilled workers outside Quebec to ensure the sustainability and economic development of Francophone minority communities. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that, as...

Government of Canada announces funding as part of the Canada–Quebec Accord

2024 February 8 Ottawa—The Government of Canada values its close working relationship with the Government of Quebec, a bilateral relationship that has allowed us to mutually support Quebecers over many immigration-related objectives. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today that the Government of Canada will be providing funding to Quebec for fiscal year 2023–2024 as...

New release of Rodal Report in commitment to transparency

2024 February 1 Ottawa—The Government of Canada is dedicated to honouring the memory of the millions of people who died senselessly in the Holocaust, and the Canadians who fought to liberate Europe from the Nazis. This tragic chapter in world history can never be forgotten. Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the new release...

New funding to support housing for asylum claimants

2024 January 31 Ottawa—With increasing global migration, Canada is experiencing a rise in the number of people claiming asylum. While housing and supports for asylum claimants are the responsibility of provinces and municipalities, the federal government recognizes the need for all orders of government to work together to address the rise in the number of people claiming asylum in Canada....

Canada to stabilize growth and decrease number of new international student permits issued to approximately 360,000 for 2024

2024 January 22 Ottawa—International students enrich our communities and are a critical part of Canada’s social, cultural and economic fabric. In recent years, the integrity of the international student system has been threatened. Some institutions have significantly increased their intakes to drive revenues, and more students have been arriving in Canada without the proper supports they need to succeed. Rapid...

Government helping 6600 internationally educated healthcare professionals work in Canada

2024 January 15 Across Canada, Canadians are facing labour shortages and the demand for qualified workers continues to grow. Long wait times and difficulty finding a family physician are far too common for people across the country. That is why the Government of Canada is investing to speed up accreditation for internationally educated health professionals (IEHP). Today, Minister of Employment,...

Temporary resident pathway opens for Palestinian extended family in Gaza

2024 January 9 Ottawa—The ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel, following Hamas’s terrorist attacks on October 7, has created a humanitarian catastrophe on an unprecedented scale in Gaza. Understanding that many Canadians are concerned about the safety of their loved ones in Gaza, in December, the Government of Canada announced new measures to support extended family members who are able to exit the...

Canada to launch humanitarian pathway for people affected by the conflict in Sudan

2023 December 28 Ottawa—Canada is deeply concerned by the ongoing conflict in Sudan, and for the safety and well-being of the Sudanese people. We continue to support the people of Sudan who are striving for peace and an end to violence in the country. Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a new family-based humanitarian...

Immigration measures to help people affected by the Israel–Hamas conflict

2023 December 21 Ottawa—Canada remains deeply concerned about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, and the scale of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Since Hamas’s terrorist attack in early October, Canada has been actively working to support the assisted departure of Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their eligible family members from Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. As part...

Canada builds on pledges and partnerships at the Global Refugee Forum

2023 December 15 Geneva, Switzerland—Across the globe, more than 114 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, and one third of them are refugees. In response to this vast humanitarian need, Canada shares a responsibility to step up and take action. We continue to be a leading example in offering protection to the most vulnerable populations, supporting the countries that...

Applying for Canadian Study Permit in December 2023: A Window of Opportunity for International Students

2023 December 13 As Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) unveils pivotal changes impacting international students in Canada, a notable opportunity emerges for prospective students aiming to secure their Canadian study permits. Set to take effect on January 1st, 2024, these announcements encompass adjustments in cost-of-living criteria and the recognition of remote learning toward Post Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs). IRCC’s...