January 30, 2014
Conservative policy will end family-focused immigration
New Conservative immigration measures that came into effect this year will make it harder for families to reunite in Canada.
“The Conservative government has abandoned Canada’s commitment to help reunite families who have emigrated here,” said the Official Opposition critic for immigration and citizenship Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds – Dollard). “I regularly meet constituents who are doing everything they can to reunite with their family and feel like they are not being treated fairly by this government. These new Conservative measures will only aggravate the situation.”
Changes implemented as of January 2nd 2014 include:
“As of a week ago 7,000 people had applied, so for the vast majority of those who will apply this year the moratorium remains in effect,” said Andrew Cash (Davenport). NDP critic for Multiculturalism, “Additionally new requirements increase the level of income and liability required to sponsor a parent or grandparent, making sponsorship a luxury.”