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Getting to know IRCC’s decision-making committees

A report released by former Deputy Minister of Immigration, Neil Yeates, has brought to light some of the inefficiencies within Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Among the issues discussed, Yeates highlights IRCC’s decision-making committee structure as one of the difficulties involved in running the department smoothly.

Yeates says that IRCC committees often exceed the recommended 8-12 members and this “makes strategic discussion a challenge and meetings potentially quite time consuming.”

He further noted that “a series of steps need to be taken to realign the organizational structure (including a major shift to a business line-based structure), reform the governance system, and implement stronger management systems (especially planning and reporting).”

Changing the committee and decision-making process could help improve efficiency within IRCC and help the department meet the growing demand for its services.

The report includes a graphic that explains the current (as of June 2023) committee structure.

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