October 11, 2018 – St. John’s, NL – Tomorrow, we will celebrate Citizenship Week in St. John’s, at a special ceremony, where 30 new candidates from 12 countries will become Canadian citizens.
October 9, 2018—Saskatoon, SK – Citizenship Week was celebrated in Saskatoon at a special ceremony at the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum today, where 25 people from nine countries became Canadian citizens.
October 5, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – This year, Citizenship Week (October 8 to 14, 2018) will be celebrated with 72 special citizenship ceremonies across the country. Citizenship Week also marks the 1 year anniversary of Bill C 6, which brought in important changes to the Citizenship Act, helping qualified applicants get citizenship faster.
Canada’s flagship system for economic immigration
100th round of invitations issued to apply for permanent residency
80% of Express Entry applications are processed in 6 months or less
170,000 newcomers welcomed to Canada
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Express Entry attracts high skilled workers that drive innovation and economic growth in Canada.
The International Day of Peace coincides this year with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which at the time of its writing—1948—put forth revolutionary ideas.
The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, completed successful visits to New Zealand and Australia, where he had the chance to share Canada’s experiences and discuss lessons learned on matters related to immigration.
Canada and Australia Announce Amendment to Youth Mobility Arrangement
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.
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.
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.