Forward Regulatory Plan: 2017-2019
Amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations: Defining the End of an Examination for Refugee Claimants

Description of the objective

Individuals who make an application under the IRPA are required to appear for an examination during which they must answer all questions truthfully and produce any documents an officer considers necessary. The IRPR define four ways to make an application under the IRPA: submitting an application in writing; seeking to enter Canada; seeking to transit through Canada; and, making a claim for refugee protection.

The IRPR defines the end of an examination for a person who seeks to enter, or transit through, Canada. The existing regulations, however, are ambiguous with respect to the end of an examination for a refugee claimant. The amendment will define the end of an examination for a refugee claimant.

Enabling Act: Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

The proposed regulatory amendments will directly impact foreign nationals seeking refugee protection in Canada, and do not directly affect Canadians.

Initial public consultations on the proposed regulatory amendments were undertaken with the following groups:

On June 20, 2015, the proposed Regulations were pre-published in Part I of the Canada Gazette. The 30-day consultation period for comments ended on .

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is currently reviewing the proposed regulations in light of the most recent relevant jurisprudence and to ensure continued alignment with the Government of Canada's refugee-related policy priorities.

Departmental Contact

Richard St. Marseille
Programs Branch
Canada Border Services Agency
Tel: 613-954-3923

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