VICTORIA - Prime Minister Paul Martin today announced the Liberal government will eliminate the $975 landing fee for new Canadians over the course of the next government mandate.
"We as Liberals have always been committed to supporting families, and that means support for all Canadian families," the Prime Minister said. "For many Canadian families with immediate relatives overseas, one of the challenges that they have faced is the $975 right of permanent residence fee."
“We’re going to eliminate that fee, over the course of the mandate.”
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Joe Volpe, speaking from Toronto, said the decision is very good news for immigrants.
“This government has made immigration a priority,” said the Minister. “Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, we have made investments in the recognition of foreign credentials, in improving settlement and integration services, and on improving the system so that those interested in coming to Canada will know what contributions they can make to this country.
“Today’s announcement is another step in improving that system for Canadians from all walks of life.”
The landing fee will be phased out over the next three years. The fee will drop immediately to $600, then to $300 after 12 months, and finally to zero within the next two budgets.
“This is a nation of immigrants,” said the Prime Minister. “Canada's immigration history is rich and diverse, and the nearly 15 million people from around the world who have emigrated to our country have shaped the values and ideals of Canadian citizenship.
“Today’s immigrants are a vital force in building and sustaining a stronger nation, and we welcome them.”
This commitment will cost $225 million over the next two years, with a further anticipated loss of revenue of $210 million annually.