On June 9 I asked the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration if he will help my constituent Jarlaine and others who came to Canada for a better life.
While my question was about one constituent, the long delays for approving much-needed caregivers coming to Canada touches many lives, and should surely be a priority for a timely response.
Mr. Greg McLean (Calgary Centre, CPC): Mr. Speaker, a constituent of mine, Jaralaine, applied for permanent residence and a work permit under the caregiver category in April 2020, over two years ago, but IRCC stopped all caregiver applications, as they were not urgent. Now, six-months pregnant and diagnosed with a serious medical condition that may impact her health and that of her child, she has no health care coverage because of the government’s gross mismanagement of immigration.
Will the minister help Jaralaine and others who have come to Canada for a better life?
Hon. Sean Fraser (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his sincere concern for his constituents. With respect to caregiver programs, last year more than 4,000 permanent residents were welcomed to Canada through caregiver streams. We anticipate that this year the number will be 6,000. As I shared earlier in response to a separate question this afternoon, we are actually processing people for permanent residency faster than at any point in the history of Canada, with today being the day 200,000 new permanent residents will be welcomed to Canada.
I look forward to taking further questions in private after question period, if the hon. member wishes to discuss specific case files.