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Response to Parliamentary Committees and External Audits

Response to Parliamentary Committees

Report 7: Temporary Foreign Workers and Non-Status Workers

The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration presented the report and 36 recommendations to the House of Commons on May 6, 2009. The recommendations covered a wide range of issues, including the operation and management of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program; pathways to permanent residency; work permits; the Live-in Caregiver Program; and worker protection.

The Government of Canada’s response was tabled on August 19, 2009.

Report 11: Review of the Subject Matter of Bill C-37, An Act to Amend the Citizenship Act, Enacted in Second Session of the 39th Parliament

The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration presented the report and three recommendations to the House of Commons on June 25, 2009. Two recommendations related to the first-generation limit on passing on citizenship by descent for children born abroad to or adopted by Canadians, while the third called on the Government to consider as quickly as possible those cases not resolved by Bill C-37.

The Government of Canada’s response was tabled on October 23, 2009.

Response to the Auditor General (including to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG)

November 2009 Chapter 1—Evaluating the Effectiveness of Programs

This government-wide audit examined program evaluation in relation to the measurement of program effectiveness. The overall objective of the audit was to determine whether selected departments and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat are meeting the needs for effectiveness evaluation and are identifying and making improvements in effectiveness evaluation. CIC was one of six departments in which examination work was carried out. The audit covered a five-year period, from the 2004–2005 to 2008–2009 fiscal years. CIC was included in three recommendations made by the OAG, which recommended that CIC:

  • Develop and implement action plans to ensure that ongoing program performance information is collected to support effectiveness evaluation;
  • Consider the merits of including external experts on the departmental evaluation committee; and
  • Implement systematic processes to determine whether effectiveness evaluations are meeting government-wide requirements and internal corporate needs, and act on areas identified for improvement.

CIC agreed with these recommendations.

November 2009 Chapter 2—Selecting Foreign Workers Under the Immigration Program

The OAG examined how CIC plans for and manages programs designed to facilitate the entry of permanent and temporary workers into Canada and the recognition of foreign credentials in Canada. In addition, the OAG looked at the role of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) in supporting the planning and delivery of these programs, including the issuance of labour market opinions by its Service Canada offices. The audit covered the period from June 2002, when the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act came into effect, to June 30, 2009.

A number of recommendations were made to the Department. The OAG recommended that CIC:

  • strengthen its strategic planning, by developing a strategic roadmap for the future of the Immigration Program including a clear vision of what each category is expected to contribute and take the necessary steps to ensure that its programming is optimal and closely aligned with that vision;
  • in developing future ministerial instructions, ensure that selected strategies are supported by strong policy, program and operational analysis;
  • closely monitor the impact of the new eligibility criteria on the number of applications to be processed under the Federal Skilled Worker category and on the effectiveness of its inventory reduction strategy;
  • evaluate, after the first two years of operations, the cost-effectiveness of the Centralized Intake Office and the extent to which it is meeting its objectives;
  • ensure that its quality assurance framework is implemented fully and consistently in all missions;
  • work with provinces and territories to ensure that, for the Provincial Nominee Program: mechanisms are in place to collect and share appropriate information against agreed upon evaluation criteria, evaluation plans are prepared and implemented and quality assurance mechanisms are in place; and
  • in consultation with key partners, put in place structures and processes to ensure that the selected eligible occupations remain relevant to the changing needs of the Canadian labour market; and
  • HRSDC:
    • clarify its respective roles and responsibilities, and put mechanisms in place to ensure that the genuineness of job offers is systematically verified;
    • implement mechanisms that would better enable HRSDC to ensure the integrity of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the protection of individuals; and
    • carry out evaluations of permanent and temporary foreign worker programs according to its approved evaluation plans.

CIC agreed with the recommendations.

Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

No audits of CIC
External Audits (Note: These refer to other external audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)

Public Service Commission of Canada

No audits of CIC.

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

No audits of CIC.