Only one week since being formally sworn in, the Canadian
government revealed important immigration policy changes and
confirming that Syrian refugees will dominate the storyline for the
rest of the year. Many of the policies were outlined in our
How the Liberals Can Improve Canada's Immigration
On refugees, the Liberal government's senior most cabinet
ministers will oversee a committee of nine cabinet ministers
chaired by Health Minister Jane Philpott with Heritage Minister
Mélanie Joly serving as vice-chair. The committee will
oversee the task of bringing in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end
of the year. Immigration and Refugees Minister John McCallum also
confirmed the government is working with stakeholders on creating
the process for selecting and securing exit permits for refugees.
The use of temporary ministerial permits is also being considered.
A portion of asylum seekers will be housed on military bases.
Ottawa is considering ships, commercial aircraft or military
planes. Air Canada will help with transportation before the holiday
rush, and ferrying refugees from neighbouring countries. The
Liberals pledged that the 25,000 refugees would be sponsored by the
government, with taxpayers covering the first-year costs of
Other refugee policy announcements include:
Invest $200 million over this fiscal year and next to increase
refugee processing, as well as sponsorship and settlement services
capacity in Canada.
Provide an immediate $100 million new contribution to the
United Nations High Commission for Refugees to support the critical
relief activities in the region.
Fully restoring the Interim Federal Health Program.
Establishing an Expert Human Rights Panel for determination of
designated countries of origin and to provide a right to appeal
refugee decisions for citizens from such countries. The panel will
include representatives from international human rights
Ending the practice of appointing individuals without subject
matter expertise to the immigration and Refugee Board of
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