Following our article published on March 17th, 2016 in which we reported the priorities of the federal minister of Immigration, Mr. John McCallum, the Canadian government published its budget for 2016. In particular, the announced budget takes into account the objectives previously announced by Mr. McCallum regarding the arrival of Syrian refugees, family reunification and the increase of the number of permanent residents admitted to Canada.
In order to reach the first objective, which is the arrival of 10 000 additional Syrian refugees in Canada, the 2016 budget proposes to allocate the amount of 245 million dollars across a period of five years in order to facilitate and accelerate the processing of files as well as the arrival and establishment of refugees in Canada. This period begins in 2016-2017.
In order to allow the Ministry of Immigration to reach a second objective, which is to promote family reunification, the government allocated a budget of 25 million dollars in 2016-2017 to reduce sponsorship application processing delays and application backlogs and to make processing delays more predictable.
Finally, the 2016 budget has provided for an amount of 56 million dollars to support the admission of permanent residents and assist these individuals during their integration into Canadian life. The amount will be distributed across a period of three years, beginning in 2016-2017.
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