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Government of Canada invests $35 million to expand settlement services for newcomers in small towns and rural communities

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Newcomers to Canada play a crucial role in the future of our country and contribute in important ways to our society and economic recovery from the pandemic. To ensure newcomers settling in small towns and rural communities have access to essential services during their first year in Canada, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced an investment of more than $35 million to expand resettlement capacity and settlement services across Canada.


Afghan human rights defenders arrive in Canada

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

For 2 decades, Canadians have worked side by side with Afghan nationals to improve security, democracy and human rights in Afghanistan. Now Canada is welcoming people who face risks as a result of this vitally important work.


Canada welcomes the most immigrants in a single year in its history

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

With the significant exception of Indigenous people, all Canadians originally come from somewhere else. The story of immigration fills many chapters in the history of Canada—including the most recent one. To support Canada’s post-pandemic recovery and chart a more prosperous future, the Government of Canada set a target of welcoming 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, as part of the 2021–2023 Immigration Levels Plan.


Permanent Atlantic Immigration Program to attract workers and drive economic growth

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Immigration is vital to the future of communities across the country, and nowhere more so than Atlantic Canada. Over the past few years, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot has brought and retained thousands of newcomers to the region. These new Canadians have helped communities thrive, businesses prosper and the region’s population grow.


Free replacement of travel and immigration documents for flood-affected British Columbia residents

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Canadians everywhere have been watching with worry as the people of British Columbia keep facing extreme climatic events like catastrophic floods and landslides. While the loss of human lives is the most concerning, we’ve also come to realize that people directly affected may need to replace vital lost or destroyed documents, including travel, citizenship and immigration documents.


Minister Fraser welcomes home Afghan refugees arriving today

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

As a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which is a major contributor to international peace and security, Canada is taking a lead role in ensuring that NATO is able to resettle all its Afghan staff who were evacuated. As part of the commitment to welcome Afghan refugees, the government is resettling up to 472 NATO-identified locally engaged staff and their family members.


Canada launches new initiative to protect vulnerable women and girls in Central America

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

As a friend, ally and regional partner, Canada is committed to helping countries in the northern part of Central America address high levels of violence and growing social and economic instability. These difficult conditions have forcibly displaced thousands—including many women and girls—and contributed to a significant increase in irregular migration, which puts already vulnerable people at greater risk.


First charter flight of privately sponsored Afghan refugees  arrives in Canada

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

As Canada welcomes Afghan refugees, private sponsors across the country are stepping up. A significant number of Afghan nationals will be arriving as privately sponsored refugees, sponsored by individuals, groups and communities across Canada.


New College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants officially opens

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Canada is one of the top destinations in the world, with millions of people from across the globe hoping to come here every year to settle, visit or work. To navigate the immigration system, many people turn to consultants or other services for help. While nearly all operate honestly, unscrupulous actors can exploit the system and take advantage of people. That’s why the Government of Canada is strengthening the regulation of immigration consultants to protect those who wish to come here.


Canada reaches agreement with U.S. to support refugees’ travel to safety

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

The Government of Canada continues to exhaust every option to get as many Afghans to safety as possible, in partnership with our allies around the world. In the first phase of our operation, Canada evacuated roughly 3,700 people from Afghanistan—the majority of whom are refugees who supported Canada’s mission, and will soon begin new lives in this country.


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