March 27, 2013

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced a 40% decrease in the backlog of processing permanent residence permit applications filed prior to 2008. It is envisaged that these reductions will promote meeting a “just-in-time” system that recruits skilled workers and facilitate their ability to meet Canada’s ongoing labor market needs by fast-tracking their permanent residence applications in a period of months.

What’s Changed?

According to the CIC’s statistics, “backlogs and delays” in processing permanent residence permit applications were preventing Canada from attracting the “best and brightest” workers from abroad.

In the CIC’s March 26th press release, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has said, “As a result of actions taken by the government since 2008, the backlog of permanent resident applications has been reduced by about forty percent, paving the way for a faster and more effective immigration system in 2013 and beyond.”

The CIC has accomplished this 40% reduction by continuing to process a high number of applications Family Class applications (e.g., parents and grandparents) while a temporary pause on new applications remains in effect until the end of 2013. The CIC also placed a pause on processing new Immigrant Investor applications and the oldest Federal Skilled Worker applications were eliminated while the CIC continued to process record high levels of existing applications.

The marked reduction of backlogs going from years to a matter of a few months can be readily seen in the Federal Skilled Worker category:


According to Minister Kenney, “Newcomers will arrive with skills and talents that are in short supply in Canada and contribute to our economy. The immigration system must work for Canada, which is why we will continue to reduce backlogs and speed up the system, so that people spend less time waiting and more time participating fully in the Canadian economy.”

For a wide range of Canadian companies looking for long-term, qualified foreign workers with critical skills, it is good news that the Canadian government has committed to “transform Canada’s immigration system to make it fast, flexible and more responsive to the labor market”.

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