On August 24, 2022, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced the Government’s efforts to improve the Canadian immigration system and reduce application backlogs, with a particular emphasis on labour shortages, client experience, and family reunification. The Minister also announced that up to 1,250 new employees would be hired by the end of the fall to increase application processing capacity and reduce backlogs, and make the system more sustainable in both the short and long term. IRCC is constantly managing over 1 million applications. In 2021, IRCC finalized 1.7 million applications from all lines of business.