The IRCC is committed to adopting reactive guidelines for vulnerable people in abusive family relationships. Starting in July 2019, foreigners experiencing domestic violence in Canada will be able to apply for a free temporary residence permit giving them legal immigration status to Canada and the opportunity to work and obtain health care. The ministry also announced the expedited processing of applications for permanent residence in Canada for people in a domestic violence emergency, in accordance with humanitarian and compassionate care provisions. To support these new measures, the ministry will continue to provide violence training to its immigration officials and client assistance staff during the years 2020-2024. In addition, federal partners and other stakeholders will be involved in raising awareness of these new measures and monitoring their impact. These measures are in line with the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development by 2030 5: gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, in particular by contributing to the elimination of violence against women and girls and by strengthening policies to promote gender equality. Footnote 13 In order to protect and preserve the integrity of Canada`s immigration system, several targeted communication campaigns have been launched in 2019-20. For example, a campaign in India aimed to reduce fraud and misinformation about Canada`s immigration system and improve the quality of temporary residence applications. The campaign included the launch of an India-specific campaign website, which was applauded by a number of outside interest groups. It has generated a visible appetite for other initiatives in this area to better educate candidates with reliable sources of information, which has ultimately led to better applications, improved customer service and better program integrity.
In 2020/21, the irCC plans to continue and expand these public relations efforts to ensure that potential visitors, international students and temporary workers receive reliable and factual information about travel to Canada. With the global demand for visitor visas, work permits and study permits increasing, the proposals for budget 2019 have invested $78.6 million over two years to ensure that immigration officers and border guards are well equipped to facilitate the efficient entry of visitors. The Ministry continues to experiment with different approaches to regional immigration and will continue to work with key stakeholders, such as provinces, territories, municipalities and other regional groups, to spread the benefits of immigration across Canada. Such a priority for the ministry will be the development of a new municipal appointment programme (MNP) which will have at least 5,000 reception places for this programme. This new program will allow local communities, chambers of commerce and local councils to work in designated communities to directly support immigrants with the skills and experience they need. While the NPM remains in the design phase, it is expected to focus on maintaining and economic independence of newcomers in order to help share the benefits of immigration across the country. The ministry will continue to work with its federal, provincial and territorial partners to implement the Francophone immigration strategy and the federal/provincial/territorial action plan for increasing Francophone immigration. In addition, bilateral discussions to strengthen cooperation and strengthen Francophone immigration between the IRCC and the provinces of Ontario and New Brunswick are continuing as part of the Canada-Ontario agreement and the Canada-New Brunswick immigration agreement. Representatives of bargaining officers working at the CIC are placed on leave to attend meetings of the National Ploughing Advisory Committee. The provisions of the collective agreements and/or the applicable conditions of employment with respect to the