Minister Pillai meets with immigration Ministers to plan the future of Canada’s immigration system

Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration 2022 Credit: Government of Yukon

Minister Ranj Pillai joined counterparts from across Canada at the Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration in Saint John, New Brunswick on July 28 to discuss pan-Canadian labour shortages and the future of immigration to Canada. The meeting focused on how to make immigration to Canada more efficient and effective in meeting the diverse economic needs of territories and provinces, including increasing the allocations of provincial and territorial nominee programs, such as the Yukon Nominee Program, and increasing certainty to help territories and provinces plan for longer term immigration strategies.

Ministers also discussed the role of immigration in economic recovery across Canada, the response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, as well as measures to attract immigrants to meet labour market and demographic needs throughout the country.

The Government of Yukon will continue working with federal, provincial and territorial partners to improve immigration services and address the labour shortage both in the Yukon and across Canada.

This was a timely meeting as jurisdictions from coast to coast to coast face labour shortages that are impeding economic recovery. I was very pleased with the level of collaboration amongst my colleagues. We share a commitement to enhancing immigration programming in a way that will streamline the process for those who want to come to Canada, while still meeting the needs of our respective regions. Immigrants have long played an important role in strengthening and diversifying the Yukon’s economy while contributing to the vibrancy of our territory’s cultural fabric. I look forward to improving our immigration programs to better support employers throughout the territory.

Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai

Quick facts 
  • The Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration is a decision-making body with the goal of supporting a flexible, timely and effective immigration system for Canada.

  • Immigration in the Yukon is administered by the Government of Yukon’s Department of Economic Development.

  • Last year, the Government of Yukon published a What We Heard report following a public engagement on the future of immigration in the territory.


Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications


Damian Topps
Communications, Economic Development

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