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Citizenship and Immigration committee  Thank you, Minister. It predates my arrival back at the department as well. I will commit to getting back on this question. One thing we have worked hard on is the transit without visa program, because it's so important to the airports in Vancouver and Toronto. It has been an

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I have processing times for permanent resident applications under humanitarian and compassionate grounds in 2019. Madam Chair, I'm happy to get back to the committee with that answer.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  We have briefed the minister on a number of aspects of this. We continue to be concerned about the growing number of asylum claims. I think, as the honourable member has noted, we've had 64,000 claims in the last year, which is of concern. We continue to look at ways to protect

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Our advice to the minister takes a number of forms: of things we want to look at, a number of things the department has done in the past, or a number of things that we have done with money from budget 2019 and the way we want to continue to invest in the asylum system. Those disc

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  We continue to work very closely. We have provided $88 million to the City of Toronto to date. We are in discussions with the City of Toronto now over continued assistance to the city, as we are with the Government of Quebec.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  It's an important question. We continue to invest in and update two types of training for our officers. One is on cultural sensitivity training, because I think that's a really important point that you've raised, but the other is on bias training as well, to make sure that our de

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I can do a first pass, Madam Chair. Our lapse when it came to settlement services and the money we spend on this was less than 1%. That's really tight for us, and actually we're quite proud of that because it means more money is in the hands of settlement—

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I assume this is on the settlement side, our grants and contributions side.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  We'll get back with exact figures.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I have the most recent year figures, but I don't have them since 2014. So, again, we are happy to come back with that figure.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Yes, there is a proof of funds that is required under the new pilot.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  What is required is proof that you can sustain yourself when you come to Canada. We're prepared to look at a number of different documents on that.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  We're in the process of determining how best to implement this priority and the advice we give to the minister. The number 250 might sound like a very small number, but it's quite high when we look at our overall picture of how many refugees we resettle and what Canada does in th

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I think we'll take this question in two parts. The first is that, when the application comes through, the visa officer looks at whether people have sufficient resources for their stay in Canada and what that looks like. The second part to this is continuing to be clear with peo

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley