IRCC launches a dedicated refugee stream to provide a safe haven for human rights defenders at risk who are fleeing persecution in their home country

Date Announced:

July 16, 2021


This order is to (1) support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country; (2) continue to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from the U.S. for an optional or discretionary purpose, with some limited exceptions, and if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, if they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or if they know they have COVID-19; and (3) extend the restrictions on entry into Canada until February 21, 2021.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:



human rights defenders | journalists | LGBTQ2 | women

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