Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada’s 2024 to 2025 Departmental plan at a glance

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A departmental plan describes a federal organization's priorities, plans, and associated costs for the upcoming three fiscal years.

Key priorities

In 2023, the annual asylum intake more than doubled to approximately 140,000 claims (a year-over-year increase of 128%), while funded capacity remained constant. With that in mind, the Board will ensure that decisions continue to be timely, fair and made in accordance with the law and will focus on ensuring its processes are streamlined and simplified, so that members (also known as decision-makers) and employees are more effective and the IRB's overall performance is more efficient. This work will be focused through five objectives:

  1. Maintain quality and consistent decision-making, ensuring IRB decisions continue to be timely, fair and made in accordance with the law
  2. Increase efficiency through optimized and streamlined operations
  3. Transition from a technologically enabled to a more fully digital tribunal
  4. Ensure an effective and diverse workforce 
  5. Improve efficiency through a performance-focused organizational culture

Refocusing Government Spending

In Budget 2023, the government committed to reducing spending by $14.1 billion over the next five years, starting in 2023 to 2024, and by $4.1 billion annually after that.

As part of meeting this commitment, the IRB is planning the following spending reductions.

  • 2024 to 2025: $8,266,000
  • 2025 to 2026: $10,536,000
  • 2026 to 2027 and after: $13,644,000

The Board will achieve these reductions by doing the following:

  • Modernizing business processes – the Board will continue to transform and optimize its processes for efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Digital innovation – building on its digital transformation, the IRB will continue to innovate for impact; and
  • Reviewing travel and professional services –​ as with the rest of government, the Board will be judicious about its use of travel and consultants.

The figures in this departmental plan reflect these reductions.


A Departmental Results Framework consists of an organization's core responsibilities, the results it plans to achieve, and the performance indicators that measure progress toward these results.