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Speaking notes for the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship at the closing press conference for the Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration

  • Factoring temporary residents into immigration levels planning in ways that continue to spread the benefits of immigration across Canada while taking into account capacity pressures on communities;
  • Strengthening Francophone immigration in minority language communities;
  • Reducing the overall number of temporary residents in Canada while acknowledging the important role they play in regional immigration priorities, including the Provincial Nominee Program;
  • Implementing reforms and strengthening the integrity of our International Student Program, so Canada continues to benefit from the social, cultural and economic contributions that international students make—in sustainable numbers aligned with planned temporary resident levels;
  • Continuing to offer safe harbour to some of the world’s most vulnerable people and families, as well as those arriving here seeking asylum, through federal supports and closer collaboration across governments. We agreed to having a coordination table on how to best support asylum seekers. To be clear, we are willing to coordinate with our counterparts on transfers and supports, however any movement of asylum seekers will require their consent;
  • Recognizing the importance of having good data to ensure we understand labour market needs and communities’ capacity to support newcomers. That’s why I’ve asked my counterparts to share any data on the TR population in their jurisdiction, rate of TR to PR transitions within the Provincial Nominee Program, and the capacity pressures within their communities.
  • Finally, we discussed better managing Canada’s response to humanitarian crises, through the new federal policy framework that’s being developed as well as through early communication on initiatives that may impact jurisdictions – among other topics.

Link:, dated May 13, 2024 5:46 pm

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