According to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, SC 2001, c 27 subsection 3(1) (the “IRPA”), the objectives of this Act with respect to immigration are to allow Canada as a modern country to pursue the maximum social, cultural and economic benefits of immigration. The legislators intended for the Canadian society to enrich and strengthen its social and cultural fabric by taking advantage of the many benefits of bringing together people of different backgrounds with different values, norms, and skillset while respecting the federal, bilingual and multicultural character of Canada. This would support and assist the development of minority official languages communities in Canada, and lead to the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy where all Canadians would benefit.

Canadians value the family unit, and most Canadians believe in the importance of keeping families together and reuniting those who are separated. It was the intention of the legislators “to promote the successful integration of permanent residents into Canada while recognizing that integration involves mutual obligations for new immigrants and Canadian society”.

The legislators intended to maintain the integrity of the Canadian immigration system, through the establishment of fair and efficient procedures and to facilitate the entry of visitors, students and temporary workers for purposes such as trade, commerce, tourism, international understanding and cultural, educational and scientific activities. That is why when an immigration officer makes a mistake in the decision he or she renders, the applicant will have an opportunity to take the matter to the Court and seek remedies from the court of competent jurisdiction in this case being the Federal Court of Canada.


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