On June 28th, Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act, received Royal Assent. This Act, which was developed and tabled by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), amends both the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, resulting in many changes to the refugee determination process in this country. Although we do not yet have an official date on which the relevant provisions of these Acts will come into force, the Immigration and Refugee Board is working hard to ensure it is ready to implement the new system.
Changes stemming from these Acts will have several implications on the IRB's Refugee Protection Division and Refugee Appeal Division, and, to a lesser extent, on the Immigration Division.
The counsel community, legal aid organizations and other non-governmental organizations will also play a critical role in ensuring the success of the new system. The IRB is taking every opportunity to meet and engage with its stakeholders so that they can fully take stock of the changes and align their practices accordingly.
For more detailed information on the new legislation, visit the CIC website.
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