Building a Fast, Fair and Flexible Economic Immigration System

Parliament HillThis week the Harper Government announced reforms to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) to ensure fairness for Canadian taxpayers while emphasizing the need to protect public health and safety.

When the Harper Government was elected in 2006, it inherited an immigration system that was broken and did not meet Canada’s economic needs. Economic Action Plan 2012 outlines the Conservative Government’s vision of a fast and efficient immigration system with a focus on labour market needs.

Most Canadians do not receive government-funded pharmaceutical, dental or vision care. It is unfair to ask Canadians to fund benefits for protected persons and refugee claimants that they are not necessarily entitled to themselves.

Today the Harper Government committed to ensuring that IFHP beneficiaries do not receive benefits that are more generous than what Canadians receive through government-funded benefit programs and that the benefits provided through the program continue to protect public health and safety.

We have made many changes to better align the immigration system with the needs of the economy, but there is still more to do.  Our Government is working to build an immigration system that serves our national interest by growing our economy, creating new businesses and jobs, and attracting the best and brightest from around the world to Canada.

For more information on these reforms: Reform of the Interim Federal Health Program ensures fairness, protects public health and safety