Minister of Immigration Sean Fraser testified before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration of the Canadian Parliament to discuss recent research by the IRCC's Committee on Application Backlog and Processing Time.

The parliamentary committee is made up of elected representatives from the federal government. They have to manage the immigration department and the refugee board, as well as monitor government policies on immigration and multiculturalism. They carry out research and give policy suggestions to help steer immigration policy
Minister Fraser was requested to participate in the committee's backlog study, which began last Thursday, on behalf of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

As of April 29, Canada's immigration backlog in all businesses had exceeded 2.1 million, according to government data released to the CIC News Agency of Canada. The backlog of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has grown significantly since last summer. This backlog is 1,447,474 on 6 July 2021, 1,792,404 on October 27, 2021, 1,813,144 on December 15, 2021, 1,815,628 on February 1, 2022, 1,844,424 on 15 and 17 March 2022, 2,031,589 on April 11-12, 2022, April 30-May.
Fraser also told the panel that by the end of the calendar year, IRCC hopes to get processing times back to normal for the bulk of business lines.

"I think we'll be able to accomplish it—on a majority of lines of business—potentially this calendar year," Fraser said, "and we should be announcing those deadlines where we can't."

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Fraser hinted at more modifications to the Express Entry system during the two-hour discussion. 

"I'm extremely enthused about new flexibilities we'll be exploring in the Express Entry system," Fraser added before being cut off due to time constraints. Throughout the rest of the meeting, the minister remained silent.

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