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Modernizing Canada’s immigration system – Canada announces commitment and measures


Modernizing Canada’s immigration system. Canada has announced its commitment and measures to improve immigration processing times. The federal government says that it is modernizing Canada’s immigration system to support economic recovery and improve client service.

Prior to the pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) was undergoing transformation of its operations. It pivoted to leveraging technology to develop tools and new practices to make Canada’s immigration system more agile, efficient and client-focused. COVID-19 accelerated the need for transformation, spurring the department to leap into new areas.


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IRCC has also been moving toward a more integrated, modernized working environment that will help speed up application processing around the world.

Our work to improve client experience and modernizing the immigration system is part of a broader effort to address key challenges faced by our clients. To do this, we’re relying on more people, new technology, and better policies and processes.

We will continue to improve how we work to better meet the needs of the many talented and skilled newcomers who want to call Canada home. This work matters because our clients deserve it and because #ImmigrationMatters to Canada’s recovery and growth.

Modernizing Canada’s immigration system

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In the 2021 Budget, Canada allocated $85 million to reduce processing times across all IRCC lines of business. The budget will allow Canada to return to processing service standards for study permits, work permits, and permanent resident card renewals by the end of the year.

Canada is also working to reduce processing times for visitor visas and proof of citizenship. See also Canada extends online processing of temporary resident visa (TRV) and eTAs.

Modernizing Canada's immigration system

Here are some highlights of the progress the government made so far in modernizing Canada’s immigration system, and what’s to come.

Permanent Residence (PR)

  • online PR applications, including PR card renewals
  • easier access to status updates on some family class (FC) applications
  • processing FC and Canadian Experience Class applications within service standards

Temporary Residence

  • prioritizing study and work permit processing
  • using advanced data analytics tools to support processing
  • reducing application inventories that grew during the pandemic, including visitor visas

Citizenship

  • online citizenship applications
  • online tracker provides updates on citizenship application status and next steps
  • expanding use of online citizenship tests and video oath ceremonies

Client Service

  • reducing wait times by adding more processing staff, digitizing applications, and reallocating work around the world
  • updating processing times tool to give more up-to-date estimates for various application timelines

Our work to improve client experience and modernizing the immigration system is part of a broader effort to address key challenges faced by our clients. To do this, we’re relying on more people, new technology, and better policies and processes.


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See Measures to improve client experience and modernize Canada’s immigration system

Quick facts about modernizing Canada’s immigration system

  • Budget 2021 invested $428.9 million over 5 years, with $398.5 million in remaining amortization, starting in 2021–2022, to develop and deliver an enterprise-wide digital platform that would gradually replace IRCC’s legacy Global Case Management System. This secure, stable and flexible platform will help improve application processing and support for applicants.
  • Immigration accounts for almost 100% of Canada’s labour force growth. Roughly 75% of Canada’s population growth comes from immigration. Immigrants help address labour shortages in critical sectors such as health care, create jobs, drive economic growth, and enrich Canadian communities. 
  • Canada exceeded its ambitious target of welcoming 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021. Surpassing the previous record from 1913, this is the most newcomers in a year in Canadian history.
  • 62% of new permanent residents in 2021 were economic immigrants.
  • Following a record year for study permits in 2019, IRCC increased our output by 32%  in 2021 by finalizing almost 560,000 study permit applications. 
  • The processing times presented in IRCC’s “Check processing times” tool provide clients with an estimate of how long it will take to process most applications, based on how long clients have been waiting for their applications to be processed.
  • IRCC is committed to a fair and non-discriminatory application of immigration procedures. We take this responsibility seriously and officers are trained to assess applications equally against the same criteria.

See Modernizing Canada’s immigration system to support economic recovery and improve client experience.

See also Canada to cut spousal sponsorship processing times with office and staff expansion.


You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.


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