Canada Budget 2022. Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Canada, Chrystia Freeland unveiled Canada budget for 2022. Canada has ambitious target of welcoming 451,000 permanent residents every year by 2024. The budget announces funding to improve immigration system for accommodating ambitious target over the next three years. Also, the budget is aimed at improving the efficiency of immigration related department to include IRCC, CBSA, and CSIS. There were 4 pages (full official copy at end of this article) directly related to Canadian immigration system. We decoded following 6 proposals from the budget:
Citizenship: The budget intends to introduce legislative amendments to the Citizenship Act to enable automated and machine-assisted processing and the safe and secure collection and use of biometric information. This is improve the experience of applicants and to enable the Citizenship Program to accommodate higher levels of applications.
Express Entry: Keeping up the promise announced in budget 2021, this budget tabled intention to amend Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for express entry applicants. This is particularly to improve Canada’s ability to select applicants that match its changing and diverse economic and labour force needs.
Temporary Residents (Visitors, Students, and Workers): Canada budget allocated $385.7 million over the five years and $86.5 million ongoing to facilitate the timely and efficient entry of a growing number of visitors, workers, and students. This will be for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).
Support Services For Immigrants and Visitors: $187.3 million over five years and $37.2 ongoing for IRCC. These will be spent to improve its capacity to respond to a growing volume of enquiries and to invest in the technology and tools required to better support people using their services. Also, to improve government’s ability for accessible, timely, and responsive services.
Asylum System: $1.3 billion over the next five years and $331.2 million ongoing to IRCC, CBSA, IRB, and CSIS. This is to support the long-term stability and integrity of Canada’s asylum system. Furthermore, budget also proposed amendment to to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to allow IRCC to require the electronic submission of asylum claims. Also, this reform will help modernize and streamline the asylum process and reduce wait times for claimants.
Legal Aid For Asylum Seekers: Budget 2022 proposed $43.5 million in 2022-23 to maintain federal support for immigration and refugee legal aid services. A lot of foreign nationals fearing persecution come to Canada and seek asylum. However, not everyone has financial ability to afford legal support. But, after arrival in Canada they have right to fair hearing to determine their legal status. So, this will provide eligible asylum claimants with legal information, advice, and representation.
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Kamal Deep Singh, RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant) licensed by CICC (formerly known as ICCRC) with member number R708618. He brings extensive knowledge of immigration law and new changes to rapidly evolving IRCC.