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Immigration, Refugees, & Borders

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CBSA

Green

Reintroduce legislation to establish a Civilian Complaints and Review Commission for the Canada Border Services Agency.

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ESL and FSL training

Green

Allocate much greater funding for training in official languages for new immigrants through earmarked transfers to the provinces for primary and secondary public school and free night school programmes.

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Economic immigration

Liberal

  • Increase immigration modestly with a focus on highly-skilled people.
  • Create a Municipal Nominee Programme allowing local communities, chambers of commerce, and local labour councils to directly sponsor immigrants.
  • Make the Atlantic Immigration Pilot permanent.

Conservative

  • Increase the number of points awarded for a job offer under the Express Entry Program.
  • Match international students finished university with jobs.
  • Provide new economic immigrants info about opportunities outside of urban centres.
  • Rework the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

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NDP

  • Make sure that our immigration policies and levels meet Canada’s labour force needs and recognize people’s experiences, contributions, and ties to Canada.
  • Work with the provinces to address gaps in settlement services and improve foreign credentials recognition.

Green

  • Eliminate the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.
  • Address labour shortages by increasing immigration.

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Family reunification

NDP

End cap on applications to sponsor parents and grandparents, and take on the backlogs that delay reunification.

Green

Speed up family reunification, especially reuniting children with their parents.

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Foreign credentials

NDP

Work with the provinces to address gaps in settlement services and improve foreign credentials recognition.

Green

  • Ensure professionals considered for immigration are aware of licensing requirements for their professions.
  • Create a robust system for evaluating education and training credentials of immigrants.

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Here without official status

Green

  • Establish a programme to process ~200,000 people living in Canada without official status, with a pathway to permanent residency for those who qualify.
  • Ensure "lost Canadians" being denied citizenship through archaic laws are protected and their citizenship restored.

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Immigrant caregivers

NDP

Treat caregivers brought to Canada with respect and dignity, providing them with status and allowing them to reunite with their families without delay.

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Immigration consultancy & affordability

Liberal

Make the citizenship application process free for those who have fulfilled requirements needed to obtain it.

NDP

Regulate the immigration consultancy industry.

Green

  • Regulate the immigration consulting industry to ensure universally fair, legal and accessible services to help people navigate the immigration system.
  • Increase penalties for consultants convicted of human smuggling and devote more resources to investigation and enforcement.

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Multicultural integration

Green

  • Work with municipalities and provinces to improve integration of new Canadians into the multicultural fabric.
  • Assist cultural organizations to obtain charitable status.
  • Increase funding of multicultural associations providing immigrant support programmes.

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Refugees

Liberal

Introduce a permanent, dedicated refugee stream for human rights advocates, journalists, and humanitarian workers at risk, resettling up to 250 people / year.

Conservative

  • Remove the cap on privately sponsored refugees.
  • Ensure departmental resources are sufficiently focused on privately sponsored refugees.
  • Prioritize genocide survivors, LGBTQ+ refugees, and internally displaced people in the Government-Assisted Refugees program.
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NDP

  • Get rid of refugee backlog.
  • Work with Canadians to resettle refugees and ensure they're given needed support to build successful lives and new homes.
  • Establish a clear and permanent path for resettlement of LGBTQI2S+ refugees to Canada.

Green

Lead a national discussion to define the term “environmental refugee,” advocate for its inclusion as a refugee category in Canada, and accept an appropriate share of the world’s environmental refugees into Canada.

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Safe Third Country agreement

Liberal

Work with the government of the United States to modernize the Safe Third Country Agreement.

NDP

Suspend the Safe Third Country agreement with the United States, allowing people to make asylum claims at official border crossings.

Green

Terminate Canada's Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States.