This year, our government passed Bill C-6 to repeal unfair provisions of the Citizenship Act brought in by the previous Conservative government, which treated dual citizens differently than other Canadians. We believe that a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.
We’ve eliminated the previous Conservative government’s unfair changes for permanent residents. This means people are no longer forced to stay in abusive relationships for fear of losing their status.
We’re improving the foreign credential recognition process so that newcomers to Canada are able to put their skills to good use and maximize their contribution to the economy.
Budget 2017 is the next step in the Government’s ambitious plan to make smart investments that will create jobs, grow our economy, and provide more opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.
Today, we’re proud to announce the Government’s new Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers, which will help immigrants find jobs that match their skills and experience.
To help internationally trained newcomers to Canada who often face challenges in getting their credentials recognized so that they can find work, our government will invest $27.5 million over five years, starting in 2017–18, and $5.5 million per year thereafter, to give newcomers:
o better pre-arrival supports;
o a loan program to help them with the costs of getting their foreign credentials recognized; and
o help getting Canadian work experience in their professions
Helping people, including newcomers, find and keep good, well-paying jobs, is part of our government’s plan to grow our economy by strengthening the middle class, and helping those working hard to join it.
Our government is honouring our commitment to family reunification by no longer requiring sponsored spouses or partners to live with their sponsor for two years in order to keep their permanent resident status. This measure will also protect vulnerable sponsored spouses or partners—often women—who may stay in abusive relationships because they are afraid of losing their permanent resident status in Canada.
Eliminating conditional permanent residence is in line with our government’s key immigration commitment to reunite families and make it easier for immigrants to build successful lives in Canada.
- This change:
o supports our commitment to gender equality and combatting gender-based violence, because our government does not want any sponsored spouse or partner who is in an abusive situation to remain in it for fear of losing their status in Canada.
o applies to anyone who was already subject to the condition in addition to new spousal sponsorship applicants.
- The elimination of conditional permanent residence recognizes that, while cases of marriage fraud do exist, the majority of relationships are genuine and most applications are made in good faith.