November 4, 2015 – Following the recent election of a
Liberal majority government, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has
announced his new cabinet, including a new Minister of Immigration,
Refugees and Citizenship, and a new Minister of Employment,
Workforce Development and Labour.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
The Honourable John McCallum has been appointed Minister of
renamed Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Mr.
McCallum is the Member of Parliament for Markham –
Unionville. Most recently, Mr. McCallum served as Liberal
Party critic for Citizenship and Immigration, and has served
previously as Minister of Defence and Minster of Veterans Affairs.
Before being elected as an MP in 2000 Mr. McCallum served as Chief
Economist at the Royal Bank of Canada and has held several academic
posts, including Dean of Arts at McGill University in Montreal, and
as a professor of economics.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and
The Honourable Ms. MaryAnn Mihychuk has been appointed Minister
of the newly renamed Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development
and Labour. Ms. Mihychuk is the Member of Parliament for Kildonan
– St. Paul in Manitoba. Ms. Mihychuk is a former member of
the Manitoba Legislature, where she served as Minister of Industry,
Trade, and Mines, and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.
The Minister is a geoscientist and holds a Bachelor of Science
degree from the University of Winnipeg and a Master's degree
from Brock University.
What does this mean?
These Ministers will be charged with implementing the Liberal
Party vision for immigration and citizenship in Canada. The Liberal
numerous commitments, from doubling the quota for the Parent
and Grandparent Sponsorship Program to removing visa requirements
for Mexican nationals. Green and Spiegel will continue to monitor
the implementation of the Liberal platform and will report on
developments in these portfolios.
For further information about the new cabinet, or for legal
assistance with an immigration matter, please
contact Green and Spiegel.
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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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