he Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, introduces legislation to expedite the removal of foreign criminals from Canada and to enhance the safety and security of Canadians. Citizenship & Immigration Canada.
The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act focuses on three areas which would:
- Make it easier for the Government to remove dangerous foreign criminals from our country;
- Make it harder for those who may pose a risk to Canada to enter the country in the first place; and
- Remove barriers for genuine visitors who want to come to Canada.
Through the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, the Government is delivering on its commitment to streamline the process to deport convicted criminals by limiting their access to the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Immigration Appeal Division. This will reduce the amount of time certain criminals may remain in Canada by up to 14 months, reducing their chances of committing more crime on Canadian soil.
Another change in the proposed legislation would ensure that foreign nationals who are inadmissible on the most serious grounds – security, human or international rights violations, or organized criminality – will no longer be able to delay their removal by applying for a program that is meant for cases deserving of humanitarian and compassionate consideration. This change is consistent with the government’s no safe haven policy.