VANCOUVER, BC – A Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau will introduce a new plan to fix Canada’s broken immigration system, with a focus on family reunification, said John McCallum, Liberal candidate for Markham-Thornhill.
“After ten years of Stephen Harper, Canadians know that our immigration system is broken. Harper froze family reunification applications for two years, then made the rules extremely strict. The result is that hard-working people who want to bring their families to Canada don’t even bother to apply,” said Carla Qualtrough, Liberal candidate for Delta. “Liberals are going to fix our immigration system, and make sure that families can be together, growing their communities and local economies alongside their loved ones.”
Liberals will significantly improve the current immigration system to ensure that families can stay together and successfully integrate into their new communities. A Trudeau government will double the number of applications allowed for parents and grandparents to 10,000 each year. To help make that happen, we will nearly double the budget for processing family class applications. In addition, we will provide greater access to applicants who have Canadian siblings, by granting additional points under the Express Entry system. As well, we will restore the maximum age for dependents to 22 from 19, to allow more Canadians to bring their kids to Canada. A Liberal government will also change the rules so that spouses immigrating to Canada receive immediate permanent residency – eliminating the current two-year waiting period.
“Strong families and strong communities are the backbone of our economy. Liberals believe in a country where everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed,” said Jody Wilson-Raybould, Liberal candidate for Vancouver Granville. “Immigration is critical to job creation and long-term economic growth for the middle class, right here in the Lower Mainland and in towns and cities right across the country. After ten years under a government that doesn’t understand the concerns of Canadian families, Liberals will build a pathway to citizenship that benefits immigrants, our communities, and our economy. We will fix our broken immigration system, and make it fair again.”