Canada’s new federal immigration minister is former Crown Prosecutor Marco Mendicino
The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino MP
The Liberal MP takes over at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) from Ahmed Hussen, who becomes minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
Mendicino is a newcomer to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, having been a parliamentary secretary for the Minister of Justice and Minister of Infrastructure during the last parliament.
He also co-chaired the Liberal Party’s successful Ontario election campaign.
Mendicino takes over the immigration file with a number of promises having been made in the Liberal platform ahead of the recent election.
With Trudeau re-elected as the head of a minority government, proposed changes will require support from other parties to make it through parliament.
The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Eglinton—Lawrence in 2015.
Minister Mendicino is a proud resident of Toronto and a passionate advocate for his community. During his first term, he championed local investments in public transit and in affordable housing and supported youth-driven programs aimed at creating more employment opportunities and safe spaces.
Before entering politics, Minister Mendicino served as a federal prosecutor for nearly 10 years, helping to fight against organized crime and bring terrorists—including members of the “Toronto 18”—to justice. He also worked at the Law Society of Ontario, was elected President of the Association of Justice Counsel and taught trial advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.
The son of an immigrant family, Minister Mendicino has a long track record of community activism in Eglinton—Lawrence. He has sat on numerous boards, volunteering at John Wanless Public School, COSTI Immigrant Services, Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee, North Toronto Soccer Club, and Heart & Stroke Canada.
Minister Mendicino lives in Toronto with his wife and children.
Summary of Trudeau’s Proposals on Immigration and Citizenship
- Continued modest and reasonable immigration increases.
- Creation of a new Municipal Nominee Program.
- Making the Atlantic Immigration Pilot permanent.
- Modernization of the Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S.
- Abolishing the citizenship application fee.
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