The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled his new cabinet with Marco Mendicino get appointed as Canada’s next Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
The son of an Italian immigrant family, Marco Mendicino is a Canadian Liberal politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Eglinton—Lawrence in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election. He was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Eglinton-Lawrence on October 21, 2019 with more than 50 percent of voter support.
Mendicino has an extensive background in law and he has handled some high-profile cases during his decade as a Crown prosecutor, taking on organized crime and terrorists — including members of the “Toronto 18” terror group.
In the previous Parliament, Mendicino served as parliamentary secretary to the minister of Justice and then to the minister of infrastructure. He was often on hand for major transit announcements in the Greater Toronto Area.
Marco Mendicino takes over as immigration minister from Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen and will now be responsible for planning & implementing immigration policies promised by the Liberal Party of Canada during the recent federal election.
Important Canadian Immigration changes to look forward to:
- Over a million newcomers in the next three years
During their previous term, the Liberals increased annual immigration targets from about 260,000 to 330,800 in 2019. Those immigration levels are set to increase by another 20,000 to 350,000 in 2021, which could mean over a million newcomers in the next three years.
During recent elections, the Liberals have promised to make significant increases to immigration levels in the coming years.
- Waiving Canadian Citizenship Application Fee
In an effort to reform the Citizenship Act to make acquiring citizenship more accessible for everyone, the Liberals also promised to waive the Canadian Citizenship Application fees altogether.
Currently, applicants have to pay $530 to obtain citizenship, plus a $100 “right of citizenship fee.”
- Implementation of Municipal Nominee program
With an aim to help connect immigrants to rural areas of Canada, the Liberals are also set to implement The Municipal Nominee Program (MNP), which would open up 5,000 new spaces for prospective immigrants.
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is one of the fast-track Canadian immigration programs that allows employers in Canada’s four Atlantic provinces — New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia— to hire foreign skilled workers for jobs they are unable to fill locally.
Launched in 2017 for an initial three-year run, the pilot was extended for additional two years in May 2019. Based on the success of the program so far, the program is now scheduled to become a permanent.