Canada - Overview of the current immigration policy framework

Canada has a comprehensive compendium of laws and programs that regulate immigration. The cornerstone of the Canadian immigration system is the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) which became law on June 28, 2002. IRPA recognizes the many contributions that immigrants and refugees make to Canada; encourages workers with flexible skills to choose Canada; and helps families reunite more quickly. IRPA is also tough on those who pose a threat to Canadian security while continuing Canada's tradition of providing a safe haven to people who need protection.