Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):
Mr. Speaker, I
should like to make a brief statement regarding immigration. With a view to contributing to the maintenance of the level of
immigration and in furtherance of the policy of keeping families united, the government decided, several months ago, to make assisted passage loans available for the wives and children of immigrants. With the same end in view, the government has now decided to recommend to parliament in the supplementary estimates for 1956-57 that, from April 1, 1956, assistance in family settlement be paid to each immigrant or settler at the rate of $60 a year for each child under 16 years of age residing in Canada and supported by him during the first year while family allowance is not paid in respect of such child.
This assistance will be available only to immigrants landed for permanent residence in Canada and to Canadian citizens returning to settle permanently in Canada.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE IN FAMILY SETTLEMENT