June 25, 2020—Ottawa—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today reaffirmed Canada’s ongoing commitment to exploring innovative solutions for refugees during the virtual Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR).
During the meeting, Minister Mendicino presented 3 new actions stemming from Canada’s pledge at the Global Refugee Forum in 2019. Moving forward, Canada will:
- admit up to 500 refugees as part of the Economic Mobility Pathways Project over the next 2 years
- establish an advisory role for a former refugee to attend international refugee protection meetings with the Canadian delegation, and
- support the creation of a new Global Task Force on Refugee Labour Mobility
The Minister highlighted that these proposals demonstrate Canada’s commitment to refugee protection and the expansion of opportunities for refugees. These are concrete actions that Canada hopes will inspire other countries and partners, and strengthen the work of the ATCR.
The ATCR is the primary forum for governments, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), non-governmental organizations, international organizations, refugees and other stakeholders to collaborate on refugee resettlement. In July 2019, Canada assumed the chair of the ATCR, which concludes at the end of June 2020.