- Current limits on the numbers of immigrants and refugees who can come to Canada each year and the unequal division of these numbers between economic and humanitarian classes of immigrants have resulted in long waiting periods for the re-unification of families and the admission of sponsored refugees;
- The limits on and division of immigrant and refugee numbers appear to be arbitrary and to have been set without public consultation;
- It is widely recognized that family reunification is taking too long and the delays in the processing are causing great hardship;
- The group with the most pressing need for family re-unification is refugees;
Therefore be it resolved
That the CCR call upon the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to:
- Commit to an increase in immigration levels.
- Commit to a full and transparent review of immigration levels which review will have a meaningful consultation with NGO stakeholders at all stages of review. Among the topics which should be examined in the review are the benefits of increasing the number of immigrants and refugees admitted to Canada each year; and whether the division of admissions between economic and humanitarian classes is fair or necessary.
- Pending the review of immigration levels, increase the number of persons admitted to Canada each year by a sufficient number to allow for overseas family members included in inland applicants to be admitted immediately for processing in Canada.