CIC strengthens Canada’s economic, social and cultural prosperity by helping ensure Canadian safety and security while managing one of the largest and most generous immigration programs in the world.
We select foreign nationals as permanent and temporary residents. We offer protection to refugees. CIC develops Canada’s admissibility policy, which sets the conditions for entering and remaining in Canada. CIC also conducts, in collaboration with its partners, the screening of potential permanent and temporary residents to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians. Fundamentally, the Department builds a stronger Canada by helping immigrants and refugees settle and fully integrate into Canadian society and the economy, and by encouraging and facilitating Canadian citizenship.
CIC’s mandate comes from the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act. The Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Canada is responsible for the Citizenship Act of 1977 and shares responsibility with the Minister of Public Safety for the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).
In October 2008, responsibility for administering the Canadian Multiculturalism Act moved from the Department of Canadian Heritage to CIC. Jurisdiction over immigration is shared between the federal and the provincial and territorial governments under section 95 of the Constitution Act, 1867.
Effective July 2, 2013, primary responsibility for Passport Canada and the administration of the Canadian Passport Order and the Order Respecting the Issuance of Diplomatic and Special Passports moved from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
What are we doing?
As a department, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is responsible for the following:
- Administrative Burden Baseline
- Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- List of Acts
- List of Regulations
- Forward regulatory plan
- Regulatory Interpretation Policy Statement
- Service Standards for High-Volume Regulatory Authorizations
- Ongoing and past consultations
All of the government’s Acts and Regulations can be found on the Justice Canada website.
For more information
- Government-Wide Forward Regulatory Plans
- The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
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