Canadian government seeks to transform its immigration’s detention system

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The Government of Canada is fully committed to create an easier, better immigration system that acts equally to everyone. That is why, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) is now inviting all Canadians to provide their opinion and give their honest feedback on the National Immigration Detention Framework.

This Framework was first announced by Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Honourable Ralph Goodale, back on August 15, 2016. The main intention of this framework is to address different ongoing challenges in the immigration detention infrastructure, operational procedures policy and detainee health and welfare, especially for ones with special needs.

CBSA’s actions…

CBSA has already increased the number of mental health training staff at all immigration holding centers (IHC) in Canada. Also, detainees at the Toronto IHC now have enhanced access to different medical services such as psychological counselling and a 24-hour nursing care. They are also working to extend these same services to the IHCs in Laval, QC, and Surrey, BC.

The final summary of the Framework’s report includes the input received from stakeholders during the roundtable sessions. It is available on the Consulting with Canadians website. On the second phase, the CBSA has invited all stakeholders and Canadians to review this report. It has asked them to provide their honest input until May 22, 2017.

The received feedback during this consultation period will then be used to further implement the Framework. After the consultation, a detailed report summarizing the final input received will be made public.

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