Following this operation and the many sponsorship applications received during the course of the year 2016, the Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Kathleen Weil, announced in a press release that she will temporarily suspend acceptance of all new collective sponsorship applications, as of January 27, 2017.
Consequently, it is no longer possible to submit a new undertaking application, regardless of the origin of the person you wish to sponsor.
Government assessment of the welcome of Syrian refugees
Operation Welcome Syrian Refugees was a first for Québec. Never before were such a large number of refugees received in such a short period of time.
What is the Ministère’s assessment of this operation today? What lessons can be learned in order to improve both the immigration and integration processes of sponsored refugees?
To draw up an assessment, the Ministère held consultations with all of the players who participated in the operation as well as with sponsored refugees and sponsoring families. It also held two consultation days on the welcome of Syrian refugees. During this event, which brought together some 100 people representing different partners and milieus, players were able to express their views on how to improve the programmes related to humanitarian immigration. Following all of these consultations, the Ministère produced a summary (PDF, in French, 50 Kb) of its assessment.