On October 10th, Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that Canada will welcome up to 11,000 Colombians, Haitians and Venezuelans through a new humanitarian permanent residence pathway.
Starting this fall, Colombian, Haitian and Venezuelan foreign nationals located in Central or South America or the Caribbean who have extended family connections in Canada will be eligible to apply for the new pathway.
In order to qualify, the principal applicant must be a child, grandchild, spouse, common law partner, parent, grandparent or sibling of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Successful applicants will be offered pre-arrival services, including an employment skills assessment and a referral to a settlement provider organization in their intended community.
IRCC has said that more detailed information will be available closer to the launch of the new pathway.
Canada’s commitment to support migrants in the Americas
Earlier this year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that they will be welcoming 15,000 migrants on a humanitarian basis from the Western Hemisphere. The goal of this initiative is to provide a path to economic opportunities and to help address forced displacement as an alternative to irregular migration.
Through the initiative, IRCC will provide regular migration pathways to people in the Americas with permanent resident humanitarian and economic pathways, and temporary work programs.
The announcement on October 10th came as part of the commitment to welcome 15,000 migrants.
According to the statement by Marc Miller, Canada is welcoming an additional 4,000 temporary foreign workers, many of whom have already arrived in Canada. Further, IRCC is connecting with non-governmental organizations to support the new Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot, which helps skilled refugees and other displaced people immigrate to Canada.
IRCC’s commitment to support migrants in the Americas includes investments in projects across Latin America and the Caribbean. “We are increasing our assistance for capacity-building efforts in the region by investing $75 million over six years for projects across Latin America and the Caribbean. These projects focus on strengthening asylum capacity and better integrating migrants and refugees into local communities and labour markets. This support will help countries, including those that refugees and migrants are coming from, travelling through, or are being hosted in, address the challenges of irregular migration, while also improving the quality of life for migrants and refugees” said Marc Miller.