Spousal Sponsorship Application Processing Times Soaring under Conservatives

2nd Mar 2015 Comments Off on Spousal Sponsorship Application Processing Times Soaring under Conservatives

On March 1, 2015, both the Ottawa Sun and the CBC  reported that protesters demonstrated in front of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) building on Laurier Avenue in Ottawa.  As the CBC reported:

Canadians who fall in love with someone of another nationality can face daunting obstacles to starting a life together in Canada. If their spouse is living here already, they face a 25-month waiting period for their application to be processed. That waiting period has grown longer over the past two years, leaving thousands of families in limbo.

It is not only spouses in Canada whose applications are experiencing processing delays.

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Legislating Away the Immigration Backlog

16th Mar 2012 Comments Off on Legislating Away the Immigration Backlog

On March 7, 2012, Jason Kenney delivered a speech to the Economic Club of Canada which has generated considerable attention.  He implied that the Government of Canada was considering legislating an end to Canada’s immigration backlog.

His statements were:

New Zealandlegislated an end to its backlog in 2003 and put in place a system where prospective applicants can be selected from a pool made up of all persons who have applied. Rather than wasting time and energy processing old applications, their resources can now be put towards actively matching the best qualified applicants to current jobs and economic needs.

Now, in recent months, Prime Minister Harper has spoken about doing more in the economy of the future than just passively accepting applications. He has talked about the need to actively recruit people to come to Canadato fill specific skill shortages.

There are exciting possibilities before us when it comes to the future of immigration toCanada. But of course, the first step is to eliminate this huge unfair backlog as soon as we can. Again, we’re open to creative suggestions and we will continue to consult with Canadians about the best way forward in immigration reform.

Canada’s immigration backlog is not small.  According to a report by the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration titled Cutting the Queue: Reducing Canada’s Immigration Backlogs and Wait Times, as of July 1, 2011, the backlog was:



Number of People

Federal Skilled Workers

QuebecSkilled Workers

Federal Business (Investors and Entrepreneurs)


Provincial/Territorial Nominees

Canadian Experience Class

Live-in Caregiver

Spouses, Partners, and Children

Parents and Grandparents

Government-sponsored Refugees

Privately-sponsored refugees

This backlog translates into some very high processing times. 

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Manitoba PNP Business Processing Times Increase

20th Dec 2010 Comments Off on Manitoba PNP Business Processing Times Increase

On December 15, 2010, the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Business (MPNP-B) posted current processing times. As the table below demonstrates, for Chinese applicants, the wait time for an exploratory visit is huge.

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