2019 November 20: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named Marco Mendicino as Canada’s next Minister of Immigration. Refugees and Citizenship.
A descendant of Italian immigrants to Canada, Mendicino represents the riding of Eglinton-Lawrence in Toronto, Ontario.
A passionate advocate, Marco has dedicated his career to keeping our community safe. As a federal prosecutor for nearly ten years, he fought against organized crime and put terrorists – including members of the ‘Toronto 18” – behind bars.
He also worked at the Law Society of Upper Canada and served as President of the Association of Justice Counsel for two terms — a national association representing nearly 3,000 federal prosecutors and government lawyers employed by the Government of Canada. Marco had testified before the House of Commons and the Senate to advocate for better laws on organized crime and access to justice.
Most recently, Marco co-ran a law firm that helps organizations enforce professional standards and resolve workplace conflicts. Marco is also committed to education and mentoring young lawyers. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and regularly spoke at conferences both here and abroad.
Mendicino will now be responsible for making the case for immigration policies promised by the Trudeau-led Liberal Party of Canada during the recent federal election.
The Liberals won a minority government, meaning they will have to rely on opposition votes to implement their pledges to raise immigration levels, create a Municipal Nominee Program, waive citizenship fees and make the Atlantic Immigration Pilot a permanent program.