Under the Conservative government, Canada has arguably adopted a
more hostile stance towards Canadian spouses sponsoring a foreign
spouse and foreigners looking to settle in the country, which has
resulted in a decade of decline in immigration. Canada immigration
policies have damaged Canada's international reputation as a
country that openly welcomes newcomers.
The decline can be readily seen in family reunification, asylum
seekers, citizenship applicants and business immigrants.
Canada's rate of immigration has also declined under the
For family reunification applicants, processing times have
increased by up to 500 per cent over the past decade. This was
largely due to the debilitating 2011 budget cuts imposed by the
Conservative government. The ever increasing waiting times have led
to ever increasing numbers of people who find themselves lost in
the immigration system. Additionally, as if the emotional and
financial burden on immigrant families was not enough, the
Conservative government also reduced the age of eligible dependents
qualifying for family reunification from 22 to 18. Applicants with
children over age 19 must now consider relocating to Canada without
their families or hope their children secure admission to Canada
under a study program. Yet, family reunification is supposed to be
one of the hallmarks of Canadian immigration policy. Just not under
the Harper government.
For refugees, the Conservative government has not only
implemented legal reforms that deny due process to vulnerable
asylum seekers, but has also tried to reduce or eliminate the basic
health care services they are entitled to. Although the Federal
Court overruled the move, calling it "cruel and unusual"
because it jeopardizes refugees' health and shocks the
conscience of Canadians, the Conservative government is currently
challenging the ruling.
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September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
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