Canada may further relax entry rules after tsunami

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin has announced that his government may make more concessions on family reunion migration for victims of the Asian tsunami, the newspaper The Globe and Mail reported.

Earlier this week, Canada's Immigration Minister Judy Sgro said her department would speed up immigration requests from immediate family members of Canadians, including spouses, common-law partners and children. On January 5, after meeting with Asian community members in his Montreal constituency, Mr. Martin said the easier procedures could possibly be applied to extended family members too.

Mr. Martin also indicated that Canada may increase its aid commitment from the current $C 80 million.