2016-2017 Budget Includes $25M for Reducing Application Processing Times

Is the dreaded CIC backlog ending?

Yesterday the still relatively newly-elected Liberal government released its budget for the next year and while the ink is still dry, there is an item in the budget which should come as great news for those lamenting the wait times in the CIC backlog.


"Budget 2016 proposes to provide $25 million in 2016–17 to support faster and more predictable processing times for family sponsorship. The new funding will be used to target specific applications backlogs in Canada and overseas, and to reduce processing times on sponsorship decisions."

Hopefully this will be the first step in reducing the lengthy wait times - which in some cases approaches two years - which have plagued spousal sponsorship in recent years.