2015 Platform

Reuniting families

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We will make it easier for immigrants to build successful lives in Canada, and contribute to the economic success of all Canadians.

Immigration has always been an important part of Canada’s economic growth, but over the past decade, Stephen Harper has turned his back on welcoming those who want to contribute to our country’s success.

We will take immediate steps to reopen Canada’s doors, and will make reuniting families a top priority.

We will immediately double the number of applications allowed for parents and grandparents, to 10,000 each year.

We will also nearly double the budget for processing family class sponsorship. Wait times will come down – which currently average almost four years for parent and grandparent applications.

We will provide more opportunities for applicants who have Canadian siblings by giving additional points under the Express Entry system, and we will restore the maximum age for dependents to 22 from 19, to allow more Canadians to bring their children to Canada.

We will also grant immediate permanent residency to new spouses entering Canada, eliminating the two-year waiting period.

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