Canada has seen unprecedented changes to its citizenship and immigration policy, with more program and ministerial changes than ever before in Canadian history, said a panel of experts at a migration conference in Ottawa Saturday.
The 15th annual National Metropolis Conference, which attracted approximately 600 participants, held a plenary session Saturday morning titled, “What are the social and practical consequences of recent changes to migration policy?”
Panel chair, Naomi Alboim, adjunct professor at Queen’s University’s School of Policy Studies, opened the discussion by highlighting the recent changes to Canada’s citizenship and immigration processes. From new immigrant language requirements to new refugee determination policies to the establishment of the Canadian Experience Class, Alboim said recent changes to Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) policies will undoubtedly have an “enormous impact” on Canadian society in the years to come.
“This has been a period of unprecedented change in terms of both scope of change and certainly in terms of spec of change, and there’s no indication yet that this is stopping,” said Alboim.