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Speaking notes for Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship at a News Conference to announce changes to the Parents and Grandparents Program

I’d like to begin by acknowledging that we are gathered on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and the Squamish Nations. And I’d also like to thank my colleagues, of course, Sukh Dhaliwal, Ken Hardie, Dan Ruimy and Randeep Sarai for joining me this morning for this really important announcement.

More Families to Reunite in Canada

To help reunite even more parents and grandparents with their families in Canada, today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the Government of Canada will accept up to 20 000 applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, in 2019. This is 4 times the number of applications accepted when the program reopened in 2014, when the cap was set at 5000 applications.

Canadian Football League Hosts Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies in Spirit of Diversity is Strength Campaign

The Edmonton Eskimos will kick off the Canadian Football League (CFL) Diversity is Strength campaign by welcoming 50 new Canadian citizens at a special citizenship ceremony today at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. After reciting the oath of citizenship in front of family and friends, Canada’s newly sworn citizens will head to the football field to sing the Canadian national anthem alongside football players and thousands of fans.

Overall Band 8.5 in IELTS General

An OVERALL 8.5 BAND SCORE was achieved by ACCESS Institute student Ram Shankar in the IELTS(General) test. This adds yet another feather in the cap of ACCESS Institute, having trained numerous candidates using skillfully designed techniques, strategies and exam oriented practice. It is evidence of the successful scombination of expert guidance and individual effort.

His individual section wise Band Scores –



Overall 8.5 IELTS Band Score with FULL BAND SCORE of 9.0 in Reading

Congratulations Ram!

Minister Blair meets with Mayor John Tory to discuss housing assistance for asylum seekers

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Canada’s border is managed in a way that keeps Canadians safe and upholds Canada’s global responsibility to protect those fleeing persecution in the world. The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister for Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, met today with Toronto Mayor John Tory to discuss further details about the assistance the Government of Canada is providing to temporarily house asylum seekers.