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Citizenship and Immigration committee  The Canadian experience class is largely composed of people who are already here and working. We continue to focus on that as part of our draws on express entry. As that pool replenishes, we continue to draw from the pool. Even though the score may have dropped to 330, I'll poi

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  The year 2021 has been a strange year for so many different reasons. From an immigration point of view, the minister has said previously that it's the ultimate paradox that we're trying to run an immigration system and keep the border closed at the same time. This year we have pu

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Moving away from paper-based applications is going to be key in that modernization. With respect to the member's previous question, I would point out that we are processing more per month now, in many cases, than we were doing in 2019. The processing efforts from the department h

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Let me start by saying that we have serious challenges with access to information and privacy in this department in terms of volumes. We are a department that is committed to upholding our obligations under the act, and we are working closely with the Office of the Information Co

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  This may not be exactly what we are talking about, but I will make a few comments all the same. Services available to newcomers, whether in Quebec or in the rest of Canada, are really important. It's important that we look at this as a whole in terms of what government services

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  The work on digital platform modernization that we speak about in budget 2021 is just beginning. We anticipate that it will probably be a good five years by the time we're able to launch our brand new system. We have important work that we have to do upfront on this. The lessons

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  We are starting phase three now. Now that we have a strong indication from budget 2021 that we will actually have money for phase three, we're starting now. We need to finish phase one and phase two. There's a lot of work under way on disaster recovery and our technical debt re

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  We're happy to provide an update. I'm sorry. I thought you were asking for it in writing.

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Thanks, Madam Chair. We have a number of applications that we are holding onto, because as you know, the border remains closed to new permanent residents. We continue to accept applications and are happy to accept applications. We continue to [Technical difficulty--Editor] and e

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  You are right. The model in Quebec differs from that in the rest of Canada. There is a very specific funding model in the Canada–Quebec accord. It relates to overall rates of government spending minus debt servicing. Then there's a formula for numbers of non-francophone immigran

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  For Quebec, as I recall off the top of my head, for the last year it was a little over $600 million.

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Our focus right now is on phases one and two of good technical debt reduction so that our system will be able to do some of the things we've done over the last year. Frankly, I think we've done more over the past year with our system than we thought we could, which is great news.

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  For settlement services in Quebec, the member is absolutely right: settlement services in Quebec are the responsibility of the Government of Quebec, and they are funded under the agreement from the Canada–Quebec accord. The funding formula under the Canada–Quebec accord for these

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  We are so excited to have been given a big plug in budget 2021 to finish the work on our digital platform modernization. It's in three phases. We had secure funding for the first two phases, which are really about technical debt reduction on our system, which tends to break a lot

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Madam Chair, let me first ask the member if my mother put him up to that question. We always move resources around in the department. Frankly, we want to be able to do that better and more seamlessly. Moving away from a paper-based system to a proper modern digital system lets u

June 2nd, 2021Committee meeting

Catrina Tapley