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Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM)
 
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41st Parliament, 1st Session
June 2, 2011 - September 13, 2013

About this Committee

Mandate

The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) examines orders of reference that the House of Commons refers to it. Orders of reference may relate to bills, proposed regulations specified in Section 5 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Estimates or order-in-council appointments. The Committee may also study issues of its own choosing.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(1) of the House of Commons, CIMM has the same powers as other House of Commons Standing Committees, including the powers to make reports and to send for persons, papers and records.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

In addition, the Committee studies and reports on all matters relating to the mandate, management and operation of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). Such matters include:

  • the statute law relating to CIC and/or IRB;
  • the program and policy objectives of CIC and/or IRB, and their effectiveness in implementing their objectives;
  • the immediate, medium and long-term expenditure plans of CIC and/or IRB, as well as their effectiveness in implementing their expenditure plans;
  • analyses of the relative success of CIC and/or IRB, as measured by the results obtained as compared with its stated objectives; and
  • other matters, relating to the mandate, management, organization or operation of CIC and/or IRB, as the Committee deems fit.

Federal Multiculturalism Policy

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(b) of the House of Commons, the mandate of CIMM also includes the monitoring of the implementation of the principles of the federal multiculturalism policy throughout the Government of Canada in order:

  • to encourage the departments and agencies of the federal government to reflect the multicultural diversity of the nation; and
  • to examine existing and new programs and policies of federal departments and agencies to encourage sensitivity to multicultural concerns and to preserve and enhance the multicultural reality of Canada.