Change in CIC Accountability (Annual 2009 Report to Parliament)
For the first time in the history of immigration in Canada, the Minister of the Department of Immigration needs to provide Parliament every year with a detailed account his or her Department’s annual operations with numbers of cases, and the classification of cases processed. This is good news for new immigrants wishing to come to Canada and also for all Canadians as there will be a level of accountability that was not part of our system in the past.
Under Section 94 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Minister will be responsible for reporting activities and and new projects, initiaves to improve the overall system, and reported numbers of refugees that Canada has helped as well as the other classes. This will enable more efficient future planning for workforce needs and give way for more collaboration amongst Immigration Counsel, new immigrants, NGOs and other stakeholders to have input into how CIC is adjusting and changing its current systems and structure.
Here is the insert from CIC’s Annual Report 2009 making this new accountability part of official legislation under the Federal Government:
Section 94 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
The following is an extract from the 2002 Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, outlining the requirements for CIC’s Annual Report to Parliament.
Reports to Parliament
94. (1) The Minister must, on or before November 1 of each year or, if a House of Parliament is not then sitting, within the next 30 days on which that House is sitting after that date, table in each House of Parliament a report on the operation of this Act in the preceding calendar year.
(2) The report shall include a description of
(a) instructions given under section 87.3 and other activities and initiatives taken concerning the selection of foreign nationals, including measures taken in cooperation with the provinces;
(b) in respect of Canada, the number of foreign nationals who became permanent residents, and the number projected to become permanent residents in the following year;
(b.1) in respect of Canada, the linguistic profile of foreign nationals who became permanent residents;
(c) in respect of each province that has entered into a federal-provincial agreement described in subsection 9(1), the number, for each class listed in the agreement, of persons that became permanent residents and that the province projects will become permanent residents there in the following year;
(d) the number of temporary resident permits issued under section 24, categorized according to grounds of inadmissibility, if any;
(e) the number of persons granted permanent resident status under subsection 25(1); and,
(f) a gender-based analysis of the impact of this Act.
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