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CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
As the witness mentioned, I believe that we are not here to talk about passports today. The witnesses are not briefed with the information, so maybe we should stay on the topic of the day.
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CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to the witnesses as well. Before I ask a question, I would ask for a little clarification from Mr. Gregory and Ms. MacNeil.
Mr. Gregory, is there any chance of error in the biometrics? Also, is the plan to take one fingerprint, or 10 fingerprints, or five fingerprints?
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CPC (AB)
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CPC (AB)
Thank you.
Ms. MacNeil, as a little clarification about this automated business model, you will be applying this model on the eTA initiative as well in coming days. The question is this. When it is used in express entry systems, if the applicants do not qualify today, they can update their application in a month or two months in the future. With an eTA, if you get a negative result because it's automated, is there any recourse to that?
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CPC (AB)
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CPC (AB)
Thank you.
Coming back to the topic, I understand that partnership and consultations are the key implementation of any strategy. Has CIC consulted with the tourism industry on automation? Is this initiative something it is interested in?
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CPC (AB)
I also understand that there was money for eTA in the budget and that this provision in the BIA will help facilitate that. Can you please give us an expected timeline on eTA and tell us if the United States has a similar system?
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CPC (AB)
Minister, thank you to you and to your officials.
I'll allow you to use some of my time to respond to Mr. McCallum's question, if you like.
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CPC (AB)
Thank you, Minister.
I want to expand on express entry while we are talking about this.
We know it is vital for the government to respond to labour market needs and work with employers to do so. I'd like you to explain how express entry is engaging employers. Was CIC in contact with industry leaders leading up to the launch of express entry, and were they interested at all?
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CPC (AB)
Thank you, Minister.
As you know, the safety and security of Canadians is very important for me and all of us. In the main estimates for eTA you include $15 million to develop and implement this important initiative under the Canada-United States perimeter security and economic competitiveness action plan. This was in the budget implementation act last year and we had a chance to study it in this committee.
How will this system allow CIC to verify whether or not tourists pose a risk to the health, safety, and security of Canadians? How will eTA work?
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CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
To the department officials, once again, thank you for your hard work to reduce the backlog, and also, thank you for implementing innovative programs, like express entry, to ensure that we do not have to deal with backlogs in the future.
Before I ask questions on express entry, I want to clarify something Mr. Sandhu raised. I understand clearly that when we talk about 5,000 applications, those are applications, not the total number of potential immigrants. Is that correct? If yes, then approximately how many, in numbers, are we talking about for 5,000 applications? Would it be 12,000 immigrants, or 15,000, approximately?
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CPC (AB)
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CPC (AB)
I understand that the 70,000 over the last three years, which Ms. Biguzs mentioned, includes the backlog and some work on the new applications as well.
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CPC (AB)
Okay. Thank you.
I'll come back to express entry. I know the department worked closely with New Zealand when developing express entry. Now that it has been launched, do you still talk to your counterparts there? Do you continue to consult with them as express entry grows?
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