The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is announcing the formation of the Legacy Task Force which will provide dedicated support to the elimination of its backlog of legacy claims.
The Task Force will have a two-year mandate to complete its work, and will be headed by former Deputy Chairperson of the Refugee Protection Division (RPD), Gaétan Cousineau. In addition to his significant experience at the IRB as a former Deputy Chair, Mr. Cousineau was the President of the Quebec Human Rights Commission (Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse).
The Task Force will begin its work on May 8, 2017 and will be funded with existing resources. The creation of a dedicated team will enable the IRB to significantly increase the rate at which it can process legacy claims while allowing the RPD to continue to focus on new claims and current inventory.