10 Changes Coming to Canada’s Immigration System With A New Government

20 Oct, 2015 10 Changes Coming to Canada’s Immigration System With A New Government

Canadians have spoken. You want a government with a vision and an agenda for this country that is positive and ambitious and hopeful. I promise you that I will lead that government.Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce to my readers the new face of Canadian politics and the new Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Justin Trudeau. Trudeau, the leader of Liberal Party of Canada, sky-rocketed his party’s fortunes from third place to electoral victory and an absolute majority government in last night’s federal election.

While the dust is still settling from this historic change in governance, one thing is clear, Canadians gave Mr. Trudeau the helm of the country and a very strong mandate to evoke the change that Canadians aspire to see in our government.


In With the New, Out With the Old


Mr. Trudeau and the Liberals will be replacing the current leadership, Stephen Harper and his Conservatives who have been in power just shy of ten years. While much can be said, both good and bad, about the decade-long Harper/Conservative legacy, his government has made sweeping changes in its tenure that have irrevocably transformed the Canadian Immigration landscape.

The Canadian Immigration File:

As a bit of background for anyone who doesn’t know, Justin Trudeau is no stranger to Canadian politics. In fact, Justin was born during his father’s tenure as Prime Minister in the 1970s. To attribute his victory solely to Canadians nostalgia over his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and his family’s political dynasty in Canada would be a disservice to Justin’s charisma, experience and insight into the mindset of the Canadian electorate.

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The Liberals: A Party for Newcomers

The Liberal Party of Canada has, for decades, traditionally been the most sympathetic Canadian political party when it comes to the immigration file. During Pierre Trudeau’s leadership in the 1970’s they pledged official support to the Canadian notion of multiculturalism. Multiculturalism, in a Canadian context, means integrating newcomers into Canadian society without forcing them to shed their own unique identity and culture. This progressive stance on multiculturalism helped define Canada as a nation that is accepting of immigrants and, not surprisingly, helped win the hearts and minds of many new Canadians.

10 Proposed Liberal Reforms to Canada’s Immigration System

  1. Double the number of immigration applications allowed for parents and grand-parents sponsorship from 5,000 to 10,000 visas per year.
  2. Double the budget for processing family class immigration applications to reduce wait times
  3. Increase points allocation to applicants who have siblings in Canada on their Express Entry application
  4. Lift the visa requirement for Mexican travel to Canada.
  5. Eliminate the $1000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee for families seeking caregivers to care for family members with physical or mental disabilities.
  6. Restoring free access to healthcare for refugee/asylum seekers pending a decision on their case by the government.
  7. They have pledged to make it easier for international students to achieve Canadian Citizenship. The exact details are not specified, but they have stated they will do this by making adjustments to the Canadian Experience Class program that will ‘remove barriers’ to international students.
  8. Restore the Canadian Citizenship residency time credit for international students in Canada.
  9. Bypass the two year wait period for “conditional permanent residence” for spouses of sponsored individuals.
  10. Restore the maximum age for dependents from 19 to 22, making it easier for immigrants to bring their older children to Canada.


In Closing

As a party with a strong base of support from Canadian newcomers, the Liberals have a lot to live up to, in order to keep their constituents happy. But with a pledge of $500 million and a majority government, I think we can be cautiously optimistic that these changes will be enacted in a timely manner.

Congratulations Justin on a job well done.


Renaud Dery

Certified Canadian Immigration Attorney

  • Edwin Galarion
    Posted at 23:48h, 20 October Reply

    Hope i will go someday that’s my dreaming place.. Ilovecanada! 🙂

  • Theresa Raquel Calicdan
    Posted at 03:06h, 21 October Reply

    Is it possible for the Prime Minister to eliminate the 4 in 4 out policy for the immigrants and temporary foreign workers?

    Is it possible for the Prime Minister to decrease or lower the required points in passing the French exam for immi purposes?

    Posted at 04:11h, 21 October Reply

    Thanks God for this victory in the liberal party, in fact, to mr. Justin Trudeau, I realy appreciate your changes reforms to the immigration sistem, I´ll take advance of the assessment, because we are interested to change our familiar life, CONGRATS AGAIN, mr, Trudeau
    P.S. Aguascalientes, México said HELLO CANADA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Salman G
    Posted at 05:13h, 21 October Reply

    A very positive sign for the Canadian economy, society and for the immigrants.

  • Nelia
    Posted at 00:46h, 22 October Reply

    It would be also great if the new Prime Minister will reduce the Citizenship Processing Fee.

  • Jaime
    Posted at 04:04h, 22 October Reply

    I salute you mr prime minester justin for given considerate for all foreign worker thank you vey much .

  • Leonel Pantonilla
    Posted at 07:56h, 22 October Reply

    Hello, i would like to Congratulate our new Prime Minister Sir Justin Trudeau. I would like to raise my concern is there a chance Sir Justin that all TFW given a chance to apply for permanent residency given that we are only low skilled but we’ve plenty of experienced such as skilled worker back in our country. I think in this topic will enter the said equality. Because we also have a dreams, goal, ambitions to achieve here at Canada and most of all we are all also have a Family that is need our support back in our country. We just want to make them all happy and give all their everyday needs. To do this we need an assurance that we can stay here with no hesitation and doub’t to our self that one day we will go back to our country and go back on thesame living again. I hope this message will reach our new Elected Prime Minister and ww are hoping and counting on his words and action. Thank you so much. ?

  • armando petilos
    Posted at 09:54h, 22 October Reply

    How to apply for residence visa?

  • beverlie bagbag
    Posted at 11:27h, 22 October Reply

    Is it possible for the prime minister to make rules at CIC first come first serve process, so that is fare to everyone who are waiting for their application.

  • Narciso Lorenzo
    Posted at 11:43h, 22 October Reply

    Nice to hear from your Goverment this kind of changes . Is there any chances that I can work back to Canada I’m a Brick Layer and Tiles Setter .

  • Shubham goyal
    Posted at 14:11h, 22 October Reply

    Plz do something for international students.

  • Vikramaditya
    Posted at 15:02h, 22 October Reply

    Maybe if they can have a program for highly educated skilled workers from other countries. Like people who have graduate degrees from top 100 universities in world from US/Germany/France could get temporary visa in Canada, similar to Australian visa type 476.

  • conchita tadeo
    Posted at 16:44h, 22 October Reply

    Is there any changes under the live in caregiver program?
    Congratulation sir!!!!!!

  • Myra D.Gavino
    Posted at 19:35h, 22 October Reply

    Congratulations Mr.Trudeau God bless you as a new Prime minister in this country. I’m looking forward for the changes in policies for the newcomers & citizens of Canada I’m hoping for the best..

  • Karla Lavides
    Posted at 19:48h, 22 October Reply

    Is it possible for the Prime Minister Trudeau to eliminate the 4in,4out policy?this would help alot of TFW and save whose life is on the brink

  • Onkar
    Posted at 23:54h, 22 October Reply

    I am here particularly for change in International Students citizenship applications. I think Liberals have specified that they will help International Students and Temporary Foreign Workers to get their citizenship faster by accepting the half time they have spent before getting the Permanent Residence. My question is

    – How we can compare this change with previous way of calculating half time spent?
    – Is it still going to be total of 4 years before you apply citizen ship (specifically for international students and TFW)?
    – What are the specifics to calculate half time?

  • kuljit
    Posted at 00:29h, 23 October Reply

    Congratulations to the new PM,it’s our request to change the rule for temporary workers who had left their Everything in their native countries to get settle in canada as Permanant residents that they should be given more time rather than 4 yrs to live in canada so that they could put more efforts to become PR Otherwise the wil lose their heart and their kids future will be spoiled…..

  • marina
    Posted at 02:36h, 23 October Reply


  • Virgilio Cui
    Posted at 02:40h, 23 October Reply

    Can we bring back the 3 year attendance requirement to be illegible for Canadian Citizenship. … Congratulations to our new Prime Minister. God Bless you sir. ..

  • lia orchangon
    Posted at 02:57h, 23 October Reply

    Thank to the tremendous offer with me,by Justin -Trudeau as community ambassador communication under my program for citizenship. /780-2640132-

  • Maria Lourdes Isidro
    Posted at 03:13h, 23 October Reply

    Congrats !! Ur such a big hope and inspiration to many family applying their parents to be immigrant for a long time. Like us, for 5yrs we still hopeless for my grandma’s immigration papers(application) still denied/ re-applied over and over!! We believe in u our new Prime Minister for ur loved and big support for family reunification!!! Family First!!!!

  • Donna Mapanao
    Posted at 04:17h, 23 October Reply

    Thank u so much Sir…in favor for us new comers we do hope that your goal to implement new changes is for everyone’s dream…Congratulations????????????

  • noel malabanan
    Posted at 04:39h, 23 October Reply

    Congratulations Mr Prime Minister..
    I am happy to read this 10 new rules in CIC, . I wish that, all temporary foreign workers will given a chance to apply for permanent residency and or even just opportunity to work here in Canada for as long as they can,so that they can afford to send their children to school and help their family back home…
    Once again.. Congratulations to the new Prime Minister Trudeau.

  • Gurpreet singh
    Posted at 05:56h, 23 October Reply

    My dream place canada.l love canada.

  • Ghulam Abbas Akbari
    Posted at 07:33h, 23 October Reply

    Many thanks for the information. . I have volunteered in Justin Trudeau’s campaign as an independent individual. I came across many situations and problems my fellow Canadian Citizens are going through. I would like the Prime minister to bring ease to middle class and small business owners applications for sponsoring their parents even with low income.

  • Sajjad
    Posted at 16:15h, 23 October Reply

    Congratulation Mr. Justin Trudeau being new PM of Canada.
    I hope you will do more positive efforts for the Muslims as they are facing some problems due to the some stupid and selfish terrorists
    I will be your well wisher and pray for you to do good for the whole nation.

  • Naushad Hussein Ebrahim
    Posted at 16:24h, 23 October Reply

    Many congratulations to the incumbent Mr. Justin Trudeau on his historic win!. I am currently a Permanent Resident of Canada and would like to know what are the changes in the requirements for applying for Canadian citizenship (viz. english language test, wait times, etc. Wishing many more accolades for Mr. Trudeau

  • Jacqueline Varquez
    Posted at 16:22h, 24 October Reply

    Congratulations to the new Prime Minister of Canada Mr. Justin Trudeau. Truly God give you to canada, to ease the many years heavy burdened of immigrants applicant cause by previous constant and confusing immigrant policymakers.

    My husband been struggling working at the same time studying in your country Canada since 2011 where he thoughts he can find life time improvement, where he want to live peaceful and bountiful together with his family.

    Give justice to immigrants! Give justice to foreign workers who wants to be part of your country Canada.

    Hopeful wife from Philippines

    Posted at 22:36h, 24 October Reply

    Mr new Priminister Justin Trudeu , may GOD help you and give you wisdom to lead this blessed country . Our prayers are with you .
    please give him this massage.

  • Raj singh
    Posted at 22:58h, 24 October Reply

    My name is Raj I came to Canada at the age of 2 I’m a very very proud Canadian I owe it to Mr Pierre Elliott Trudeau who was Mr Justin Trudeau’s dad first of all I would like to say congratulations on your victory becoming the Prime Minister of this wonderful nation God bless you and your family and may God bless Canada which is heaven on earth

  • naima yasmeen shahed
    Posted at 09:15h, 25 October Reply

    Any changes to the federal skilled workers applications in the processing queue? it was before Express Entry.

  • Gholamreza Alvandi
    Posted at 13:22h, 26 October Reply

    October 26, 2015

    Congratulations to Mr. Justin Trudeau. I am proud of having Mr. Justin Trudeau as a prime minister in Canada. I would like the government decreases the duration of staying in Canada as a residency requirement for getting the Canadian passport from 4 years out of 6 years to 3 years out of the four years, as it was before. My family and I applied for immigration based on the previous residency requirements, one of which was physical presence in Canada for 3 years out of 4 years to get eligible for citizenship. Therefore, that would be unfair for me and my family to get involved in new rules imposing us to be able to apply for citizenship after a long time.
    I really appreciate your attention to Canadian permanent residents and citizens.

    Sincerely yours,

    Gholamreza Alvandi

  • Mohinderlal Jain
    Posted at 20:11h, 27 October Reply

    Mr Justin first of all please confirm my best congratulations.
    Sure that You will give preference for PR grand papas
    those who have no source in their country to get help to pass
    their life without their sons and grand sons.
    Mohinder Jain from India.

  • Kashif Nadeem
    Posted at 12:44h, 28 October Reply

    I really appreciate the steps taken by the Mr. Prime Minister Mr. Justin Trudeau regarding immigration policy. I am 40 years old. i have done masters in English literature. I have a vast experience in both print and electronic journalism. By profession i am associated with the profession of Education.

  • Shynes
    Posted at 02:50h, 01 November Reply

    Congrats Prime Minister, we hope you can step in and stop the stripping of permanent residence from refugees, with or without Canadian Children. You are more compassionate, we wait for change.

  • arzina
    Posted at 12:41h, 11 November Reply

    I would find it fair and equitable to give permanent resident and or citizenship directly to internstional students after completing their graduation and not imposed work load on them or language test. They are ‘a la hauteur’ as they have met their test to enter university level…. so why language test? Why they have to search an employer and work for them for one year to get their approval to meet the requisite to get pr? What if they prefer to take their time to search for a better job that fot them? They should not be pénalisés during their waiting time… give them their pr as soon as they finished their university. .

  • paul acas
    Posted at 02:42h, 23 December Reply

    I hope and pray now that our visa invitation has come…. My wife as the sponsor applicant prays hard for us three .. Me my daughter and my wife can go to Canada together… For she is the main applicant and she add us me and my daughter. I pray hard that I can go to Canada accompanied with our 1 year old daughter. Thank you Mr. Justin prime minister I hope we can also go to Canada as one family. My wife and I and our daughter. God bless you sir Justin!

  • jafar namazi
    Posted at 11:14h, 24 December Reply

    Firstly i congratulate Mr. Justin Trudeau for becoming the prime minister and the changes for the good of the nation and humanity grounds. i have seen most prime ministers greeting diplomats and business delegates, but i have seen one of a kind like Mr. Trudeau. my heart really blasted out to see the love and affection he has shown.
    i sincerely wish you lots of happiness success good health to you and your family. wish you and your family merry Christmas and happy new year 2016

  • Krishna
    Posted at 11:38h, 07 January Reply

    i too love canada
    Sir, Mr. Justin Trudeau, how about considering to give visa-on-arrival with open work permit for spouse of international students studying at Canada. This would a great positive step towards supporting the education of spouse.

  • Tina Rosas
    Posted at 10:26h, 10 January Reply

    Congratulations Mr. Prime Minister and God bless you and your family. I am a US citizen and my husband is a Mexican citizen. We look forward to moving to your beautiful country with our six year old daughter. My husband was deported from the US and will bot ve allowed back. We currently live in TJ but my husband wants to be in an English speaking country where he can work and provide for his family. It looks like we may have a chance as you understand the importance of family togetherness. I thank you for being so understanding and hope to meet you in person as we will be learning all about our new country Canada. God bless and keep up the good work.

    Kind regards,
    Tina Rosas

  • Igbinosa Uwumarongie
    Posted at 11:46h, 14 January Reply

    Write your comment here…
    Hello Trudeau, I will like to have more points on express entry from family connection to Canada. Also, work history should be same points for in-Canada work and outside work. Cheers

  • Johnny
    Posted at 19:53h, 28 January Reply

    Hi, I just wonder about the citizenship test, I think they should make it easier to pass the test. I don’t care about staying in Canada for four year but then they should make it easier to pass the test. Working and studying for the test I find it really hard.

  • Ahsin
    Posted at 06:57h, 31 January Reply

    Sir Justin you are great, and you are doing well. please decrease outland spouse sponsorship processing time for Pakistan.

  • Gilberto Romero
    Posted at 23:58h, 26 February Reply

    Mr. Prime Minister Sir Justin Trudeau. I want to give my sincere congratulations to you and your team for your consideration and time spent to evaluate and enforce the rights of immigrants to become Canadian citizens fair.
    Additionally respectfully ask that you please also evaluate a fair cost of application I understand that should be adjusted for reasons of inflation. But most applied family to live and share together this important moment of being a Canadian citizen of our country that opened doors for us and has given us so much support, but at the same time it makes the highest cost depending on the relative number and economic conditions of each family.

    I really appreciate your attention to Canadian permanent residents and citizens.

    God Bless you sir, your family and your team of work.

    Sincerely yours,

  • Maria Herminia Mesquita Guiraldelli
    Posted at 17:16h, 09 March Reply

    I’m happy with these changes. I am married to a Canadian citizen and waiting to work. I wish success to Canada’s political entrepreneurs. Sincerely yours

  • Hamza abdilahi salah
    Posted at 07:33h, 04 June Reply

    God bless canada god bless canada god bless canada

    Posted at 19:30h, 06 June Reply


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