News from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees, and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada. It also:

  • grants citizenship,
  • issues travel documents (such as passports) to Canadians; and
  • promotes multiculturalism.
More information

Changes to eligibility age for sponsoring dependent children not being implemented...yet

A proposal to reduce the age of dependents from under 22 to under 19 was pre-published in the Canada Gazette Part I on May 18, 2013, along with the proposed regulatory changes to the PGP program. The proposal to change the age of dependent children will not be coming into force at the time the Priority Guidance Plan or PGP program re-opens on January 2, 2014.

Posted:
January 02, 2014

Canada lifts visa requirement for the Czech Republic

Effective immediately, Czech nationals no longer require a temporary resident visa to visit Canada and can now stay in Canada for up to six months visa-free.

Posted:
November 15, 2013

CIC announces 6 jobs no longer eligible for Canadian Experience Class

Citizenship and Immigration has announced changes to its Canadian Experience Class program.

Posted:
November 12, 2013

CIC announces additional Designated Countries of Origin

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced that the list of Designated Countries of Origin (DCOs) is expanding to include Chile and South Korea. 

Posted:
May 30, 2013

Backgrounder - Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification: Phase II

Citizenship and Immigration Canada presents new information on family reunification, including new qualifying criteria for permanent residency sponsorship.

Posted:
May 13, 2013

Conditional Permanent Residence Measure for Spouses and Partners in Relationships of Two Years or Less and who Have no Children in Common

This is information from Citizenship and Immigration Canada about recent changes to immigration regulations.

Posted:
October 31, 2012

Federal government scales back refugee health benefits

The federal government announced today that it is eliminating supplementary health-care benefits for eligible protected persons (including resettled refugees), refugee claimants and others who do not qualify for provincial or territorial health insurance plans.

Posted:
April 25, 2012

Stakeholder and Public Consultations on a Redesigned Parent and Grandparent Immigration Program

You can have your say on Citizenship and Immigration Canada's parent and grandparent program by completing the questionnaire.

Posted:
April 03, 2012

Government of Canada imposes a temporary pause on the acceptance of new sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents

To prevent the build-up of an unmanageable number of new applications during these consultations and to further reduce the 165,000-strong backlog of parent and grandparent applicants, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is putting in place a temporary pause of up to 24 months on the acceptance of new sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents. The pause came into effect on November 5, 2011.

Posted:
November 29, 2011

Let's Talk: A Language Interpretation Toolkit for Service Providers in Ontario

Let's Talk is an initiative of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ontario Region (CIC). It is an electronic repository of tools, resources, and information about interpretation for people with limited English language proficiency, designed to help organizations better deliver services to immigrants.

Posted:
September 27, 2011

New web tool helps prospective immigrants determine if they are eligible to come to Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has created a web tool that is meant to help users learn how they might visit, study, or live in Canada.

Posted:
September 06, 2011

Government of Canada consults on immigrant skilled worker program

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is proposing changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program to help Canada select immigrants who have the best chance of integrating and making a better contribution to the Canadian economy. CIC will be consulting with stakeholders and the public on the proposed changes beginning immediately.

Posted:
February 17, 2011

Inter-Action: Canada's New Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Program

This new program provides funding under two streams, Projects and Events, each with its own updated objectives, funding guidelines, and processes.

Posted:
July 30, 2010

Bill C-11 on refugee reform is now law

This Citizenship and Immigration Canada web page explains what the law's effects will be.

Posted:
July 02, 2010

New rules aim to strengthen the value of Canadian Citizenship

A Citizenship and Immigration Canada news release says new rules will make it easier to take citizenship away from those who have acquired it by fraud and crack down on crooked citizenship consultants.

Posted:
June 14, 2010

Legislation to crack down on crooked immigration consultants

The federal government has introduced legislation to crack down on crooked immigration consultants who exploit prospective immigrants.

Posted:
June 09, 2010

CIC information sessions for the Haitian community in Toronto

Date February 5, 2010
Time 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where East Scarborough Storefront 4040 Lawrence Ave. E

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is participating in a number of information sessions for the Haitian community in Toronto in order to provide people with information on the special immigration measures and on how they can sponsor members of their immediate family who were directly and seriously affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

Posted:
February 01, 2010