In Part 7 of CIC News’ special interview series, Sean Fraser talks about his bucket list of items to complete during his term as minister of immigration.
We asked Sean Fraser what he personally wants to achieve during his term as Canada’s minister of immigration.
There were four items on Fraser’s bucket list, all found on his mandate letter, a document from the prime minister which outlines the objectives that each minister is expected to complete during their term.
“I want to successfully resettle and make good on our commitments to Afghan refugees and to Ukrainians who are in search of safe haven,” Fraser told CIC News on June 21.
Canada is committed to welcoming at least 40,000 Afghan refugees. Since August 2021, about 16,370 Afghans have come to Canada. For Ukrainians fleeing from the war in Ukraine, Canada has introduced the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET). This allows Ukrainians to come to Canada temporarily. So far, 55,488 Ukrainians have landed in Canada since January 1, 2022.
Finally, Fraser said undocumented workers who have contributed to Canada over an extended period of time should be allowed to have status.
“I think it’s the right thing to do,” Fraser said. “And we’re going to continue digging on a policy to amend measures on implied status to certain people who have been here for a lengthy period of time.”
Special interview series with Minister Fraser
CIC News sat down with the minister on June 21, 2022.
Over the coming weeks, CIC News is releasing a special series of articles elaborating on the interview with Minister Fraser on topics including:
- Part 1: Express Entry all-program draws tentatively resuming on July 6
- Part 2: Immigration Minister Sean Fraser discusses Express Entry reforms
- Part 3: Immigration Minister: Applicants can soon expect normal service standards
- Part 4: No date set for IRCC to waive Canadian citizenship application fees
- Part 5: Will Canada welcome over 500,000 immigrants per year?
- Part 6: Immigration minister discusses new PR pathways for temporary residents
- how his life has changed since he became minister.