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e-2996 (Citizenship and immigration)

Initiated by Ehsan Shariati Varnosfaderani from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

  • Family reunification has a positive effect on attracting talented immigrants and a positive impact on family prosperity and the economy;
  • By previously scrapping the lottery system for parent and grandparent reunification, the government recognized that the luck-based system is deeply flawed;
  • The recent reintroduction of the lottery system was made with no transparency about the reasoning, studies and consultations that lead to the decision;
  • In addition, the lack of advanced notice means even more are left out with no time to properly plan ahead; and
  • Time and time again, arbitrary application caps result in an unfair system.
We, the undersigned, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to:
1. Explain the decision to return to the previously scrapped system for Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program;
2. Release documents relating to the consultations that lead to this change;
3. Immediately undertake an open and publicly available study to create a better and just application process;
4. Recognize the positive benefits for family reunification and create a compassionate system without arbitrary caps.
Open for signature
November 24, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 24, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Jenny Kwan
Vancouver East
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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