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This is a preliminary record, please consult the linked accessions. Series consists of subject files on the Canadian Immigration and Population Study (CIPS) and related departmental activities.
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On 17 September 1973 the Minister of Manpower and Immigration, Robert Andras, announced the formation of a special task force to study immigration policy options generally; this became known as the Canadian Immigration and Population Study (CIPS). This is said to have been the first attempt ever at a comprehensive analysis of federal immigration policy in all its parts. It influenced the content of the reenacted Immigration Act in 1976.
The CIPS Task Force was to be made up of experts both from within and outside of the federal government. Its final report, the "Green Paper on Immigration Policy" (4 volumes, Ottawa: Department of Manpower and Immigration/Queen's Printer, 1974) -- termed a discussion document rather than a policy statement -- was tabled in the House of Commons on 3 February 1975. Numerous specialized demographic, sociological and other academic research studies done by or for the Task Force were published in the same period.
After the Task Force had concluded its assigned work, it was succeeded within the Department by a new policy unit whose duties were to encourage, receive, and analyze public representations arising from national debate on the report's recommendations. Public opinion on the topic was recorded in cross-Canada hearings of the Special Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Commons on Immigration Policy (1975-76), which also produced a report and recommendations ("Report to Parliament", Ottawa: Queen's Printer, 1975). A new legislative drafting unit was then set up to prepare new Immigration legislation; this was introduced in to the House of Commons on 22 November 1976 as Bill C-24, and eventually passed as the Immigration Act (1976) (Statutes of Canada, 1976-1977, ch. 52, proclaimed in force 10 April 1978). This is the Act in force as of 1988. RG76 General Inventory
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1. 1987-88/093 GAD
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