Gradual resumption of in-person services
Ottawa, September 17, 2020 — At the onset of the pandemic, IRCC moved quickly to put operational safeguards in place to protect the health and safety of our staff and those using our services. Over the past few months, IRCC has taken steps to provide virtual services where possible, but there have still been significant disruptions in our services.
For services that we haven’t been able to provide virtually, we are slowly beginning to reopen in-person services in select offices by appointment only, beginning the week of September 21, 2020.
This testing phase will allow us to
September 21, 2020 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
New temporary public policy will allow visitors to apply for a work permit without having to leave Canada
Revised August 25
Change intended to benefit employers who are still facing difficulties finding workers
August 24, 2020—Ottawa—Visitors who are currently in Canada and have a valid job offer will be able to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, receive the permit without having to leave the country, thanks to a new public policy announced today by the Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
This temporary policy change takes effect immediately and will benefit employers in Canada who continue to
September 2, 2020 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Government of Canada invests in measures to boost protections for Temporary Foreign Workers and Address COVID-19 Outbreaks on Farms
July 31, 2020 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada
Since the very beginning of this pandemic, the Government of Canada has taken a number of important steps to ensure the safe arrival of farm workers, who play a vital role in preserving Canada’s food security. To protect the health and safety of Canadian and migrant farm workers, the Government has been working with municipal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as farmers, workers and other employers who participate in the Temporary
August 4, 2020 - Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
Flexibility in post-graduation work permit rules to help international students and Canadian post-secondary institutions
Ottawa, May 14, 2020—International education represents a significant economic benefit to Canada, with international students contributing $21.6 billion to Canada’s GDP and supporting nearly 170,000 jobs in 2018. International students are also often excellent candidates to apply to remain in Canada permanently, with nearly 54,000 former students becoming permanent residents in Canada in 2018.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on international students. In response to the health and travel restrictions that are in place, many designated learning institutions (DLIs)
July 28, 2020 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Indigenous input vital to a just immigration policy
The outrage against systemic racism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has once again brought into sharp focus the violence experienced by Indigenous people in Canada.
A key responsibility of Canadian settler society is to address a root problem of centuries of colonialization that underlies this violence: the settling of the land through immigration without Indigenous consent or consultation.
Last year, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls concluded that colonial structures continue to be a source of violence and genocide.
July 27, 2020 - By Harald BauderContributor Toronto Star
Canada court rules US 'not safe' for asylum seekers
Canada's federal court has ruled that an asylum agreement the country has with the US is invalid because America violates the human rights of refugees.
The Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), in place since 2004, requires refugee claimants to request protection in the first safe country they reach.
But on Wednesday, a judge declared the deal unconstitutional due to the chance that the US will imprison the migrants.
The ruling marks a major victory for Canadian immigration activists.
Lawyers for refugees who had been turned away at the Canadian border
July 24, 2020 - BBC News Online