A discussion was recently held between the Canadian Minister of Immigration, John McCallum and communities of Halifax, Nova Scotia in efforts to aid the department’s operational system. In a statement by McCallum, he emphasised that the department is “committed to streamlining things, to getting rid of silly rules, to improving the way the system operates.”
It has been reported that immigration issues have been paramount in the new Atlantic Growth Strategy which was introduced on July 4th. The Atlantic Provinces of Nova Scotia – including New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), and Newfoundland and Labrador are seeking improvement in certain areas like employment rates and economic growth by appealing to skilled immigrants and refugees to settle in these regions.
McCallum has furthermore acknowledged that immigration procedures will need an overhaul in order for succession. "Lots needs to be fixed. The processing times are too long. Sometimes the decisions are arbitrary. People are denied visas to come to Canada when common sense says they should be given visas," he stated.
He explained that the main focus for this progression is the commitment to the Liberal Party campaign’s promise to lessen immigration processing times for spousal sponsorship applications, and that further proposals for this would be made later in the year.
With regard to international students, streamlining the process has already been a main focus of the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) and in doing so, McCallum has also announced his goal to simplify the process for international students to transition to permanent residence, saying, “They should be first on our list of people who we court to come to Canada.”