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Citizenship and Immigration committee  There are some challenges in terms of this program that was landing a lot of people from November, January, and February. It was a big operation and was not sustainable. Now in this post-February 29 era, it's difficult for enough profiles to get to them. That's been the challenge

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Brian Dyck

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I think it's important for the government to build a sustainable program, one that doesn't just move 25,000 in a short period of time, but goes forward from this moment to put in resources to continue to build refugee resettlement. Humanitarian immigration is an important part of

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Brian Dyck

Citizenship and Immigration committee  From my provincial coordinators, I'm hearing the same thing across Canada, except if there has been an economic downturn in an area, in which case, there is more housing available, which is an unfortunate reality. When I speak with groups about sponsorship, I will show them what

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Brian Dyck

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Brian Dyck

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I think this is an opportunity to look at issues of poverty, of housing, other things. It's complicated because a lot of those issues are provincial, and so it's going to take a federal, provincial and territorial discussion, but I think it's something to look at.

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Brian Dyck

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Thank you for the question. I think that there are efforts, and I have been in discussion with the immigration department about their plans for that. They have plans for that. There was a very deep hole dug in terms of backlogs in a lot of the African missions, and they are work

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Brian Dyck

Citizenship and Immigration committee  From what I have seen in terms of arrivals this year, there have been a lot of arrivals from African missions. New cases aren't being put in because the backlogs are there, but there is hope that in the year to come, there will be more opportunities.

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Brian Dyck

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Thank you very much for that question. In the five provinces we work with, we have provincial staff in each one of those provinces who work hard to build connections in the community with our constituents, the people who are our natural constituents in terms of the Mennonite and

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Brian Dyck

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for this opportunity to come before you today to talk about our part in the efforts to respond to the Syrian crisis. Canada's private sponsorship of the refugees program has been an important part of Canada's humanitarian immigration program, and it's imp

June 7th, 2016Committee meeting

Brian Dyck