MP REPORT: Ottawa targets fraud

Conservative government takes action over immigration cases

Canada is a generous country to those wanting to immigrate and call Canada their home. Unfortunately, our generosity has been abused by some who have made false claims regarding residency and false statements on their application form.

Minister Jason Kenney has announced that our government is investigating residence fraud with nearly 11,000 individuals potentially implicated in applying for citizenship or maintaining permanent resident status illegitimately.

The minister also announced that the government has begun the process of revoking the citizenship of up to 3,100 citizens who obtained it fraudulently.

In most cases, suspects will use deceitful immigration representatives to fraudulently create evidence of living in Canada while actually living overseas.

This deception is created so that individuals can fraudulently maintain their permanent residence status and later apply for citizenship.

This fraud hurts all Canadians.Those who illegitimately obtain permanent residence or citizenship status have access to taxpayer subsidized education, health care, and other social benefits without ever contributing as a taxpayer themselves.

It also hurts the majority of immigrants who come to Canada, who follow the rules with honesty and integrity.

Minister Kenney has said “Canadian citizenship is not for sale.”

Since the immigration fraud crackdown was launched, 600 former permanent residents have either been removed or denied admittance to Canada.

Another 500 permanent residents have had their citizenship applications denied.

The minister encourages anyone who has information regarding citizenship fraud to call our tip line at 1-888-242-2100, or via email at mailto:Citizenship-fraud-tips@cic.gc.ca

Your government promised to clean-up the abuses of our immigration policies. A promise made. A promise kept.