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Canada’s Immigration Minister and Deputy Minister discuss top IRCC objectives

October 26, 2023

By CIC News |

On October 24, Canada’s Standing Committee on Citizenship, and Immigration (CIMM) invited Canada’s Immigration Minister and Deputy Minister to outline Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCCs) top priorities.

The role of Canada’s Immigration Minister, Marc Miller, is to work with IRCC stakeholders as well as provincial and territorial governments to create immigration strategies that strengthen Canada’s economy, reunites families, and welcomes refugees and asylum seekers. He also has a mandate to promote the French language outside of Quebec.

Deputy Minister Christiane Fox is the most-senior civil servant in the immigration department. This means her role is non-political. It is her job to oversee the management of IRCC, which includes the implementation of strategies and policies, as well as internal duties such as managing people and the budget.

Measures coming to strengthen International Student Program 

Minister Miller spoke about international student fraud and told the committee he would announce measures to strengthen the integrity of the international student program in the coming weeks.

IRCC is working on a Trusted Institutions Framework to improve the integrity of Canada’s international student program. Details are scarce but it will rely heavily on assessing designated learning institutions for “criteria that demonstrates that they are reliable partners with regard to sustainable intake, identifying genuine students, monitoring and reporting on their compliance, and providing a safe and enriching experience for their international students.”

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