Highlights – Canada appoints new immigration minister
- Marc Miller assumed office as the New Immigration Minister of Canada
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced major changes to his cabinet on July 26.
- The new minister Marc Miller previously served as the Minister of Indigenous Relations.
- The Prime Minister may decide to issue new mandate letters outlining what is expected to focus on while serving as Canada’s new Immigration Minister.
- The tenure of previous Minister Sean Fraser saw the implementation of innovative reforms like boosting healthcare and STEM professions via Express Entry, strengthening family reunification, and improving processing time for newcomers, among other initiatives.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Marc Miller as the new Immigration Minister during a major cabinet shuffle. Marc Miller will take over the reins from Sean Fraser who will now handle Housing, Infrastructure, and Communities portfolio. The cabinet constitutes a group of ministers selected by the Canadian Prime Minister, entrusted with the task of advancing and pursuing the policy objectives of the federal government.
The last major cabinet shuffle was done in October 2021 when Sean Fraser took over the immigration ministry from Marco Mendicino.
Impact on Canadian Immigration
Canada’s Immigration Minister is directly in charge of Immigration, Refugees, & Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the government department that handles and processes the arrival of immigrants and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada.
Following a major cabinet shuffle, the Prime Minister might choose to issue fresh mandate letters to the cabinet members, detailing the specific areas of focus and responsibilities for each minister during their tenure in their respective positions.
Sean Fraser fulfilled most priorities mentioned in the mandate letter issued to him by Prime Minister Trudeau. We witnessed
1. Increasing immigration levels,
2. Improving application processing for newcomers,
3. Prioritizing French-speaking immigrant settlements outside Quebec,
4. Introduction of new category-based Express Entry draws,
5. New reforms for strengthening family reunification, and more.
The new appointment of Marc Miller is expected to carry forward the established trend of favoring more immigration of new foreign talents to work or study and settle in Canada.
About Marc Miller
Marc Miller is a Member of Parliament from Quebec and now Canada’s new immigration minister. Before assuming this role, Miller previously held the position of Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, which involved supporting the self-determination of Canada’s Indigenous communities.
Miller’s political journey began when he was first elected to Canada’s Parliament in 2015. Prior to entering politics, he practiced law and served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Montreal is his city of origin, where he was born and raised. His academic achievements include two degrees in Political Science from the Université de Montréal and a law degree from McGill University.
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