The Canadian government has recently appointed Marc Miller as the new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). With his extensive background and experience, Miller is poised to lead the country in shaping its immigration policies and programs.
Before taking on this new role, Miller served as the Minister of Indigenous Services in 2019. He was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with whom he shares a long-standing friendship. Miller and Trudeau have known each other since their younger years when they attended the College Jean-de-Brebeuf in Montreal at the same time.
Miller’s journey in politics began in 2015 when he joined the Liberal Party. Since then, he has represented the electoral district of Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Soeurs in the Canadian House of Commons. However, before embarking on a career in politics, Miller had a diverse range of experiences.
At the age of 16, Miller enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces, demonstrating his early dedication to serving his country. He later pursued his education at McGill University, where he studied Civil and Commercial Law. After completing his studies, Miller worked for Canadian law firm Stikeman Elliot, practicing law in Montreal, New York, and Stockholm, Sweden. This international experience has undoubtedly shaped his perspective and prepared him for his political career.
Miller’s commitment to learning other languages and cultures is evident in his accomplishments. Fluent in both French and English, he made history by delivering his first address to the Canadian House of Commons entirely in Mohawk. This marked an important moment as it was the first time the language had been spoken in Parliament since Confederation. Miller’s dedication to inclusivity and understanding different cultural backgrounds will undoubtedly play a significant role in his responsibilities as Immigration Minister.
So, what exactly does the role of Canada’s Immigration Minister entail? Miller will oversee IRCC and ensure the implementation of policy priorities outlined in the mandate letter provided by Prime Minister Trudeau. Additionally, he will enter into agreements with Canada’s provinces and territories to facilitate the welcoming and settlement of immigrants. Collaborating with other countries that support Canada’s immigration policy objectives is also part of his responsibilities.
Furthermore, Miller will submit an annual report to Canada’s Parliament on immigration and present an immigration levels plan. He will have authority over the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), an independent administrative tribunal that makes decisions on immigration and refugee matters. The minister will also be responsible for overseeing Canada’s citizenship and passport programs, as well as making decisions on exceptional immigration circumstances.
It is important to note that the authority of IRCC and the immigration minister is defined in the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act. Additionally, the minister shares joint responsibility over the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) with the Minister of Public Safety.
With Miller at the helm, Canada’s immigration policies and programs are expected to align with the country’s values of inclusivity, diversity, and opportunity. His extensive background in law, international experience, and dedication to understanding different cultures make him a fitting choice for this crucial role.
If you are interested in immigrating to Canada, you can complete a free assessment form to determine your eligibility. Under Miller’s leadership, the future of Canadian immigration promises to be welcoming and filled with possibilities for those seeking a new life in the country.