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Government of Canada highlights the importance of peaceful pluralism

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Multiculturalism, addressed participants of the Jalsa Salana 2014 International Convention today, highlighting Canada's leadership on human rights issues and emphasizing the importance of religious acceptance and inclusion, in both Canada and abroad.


Welcoming the 150,000th New Citizen of 2014

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Today, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada has welcomed its 150,000th new citizen of 2014. This is double the number of new citizens compared to the same period in 2013 and thanks to the action taken by the government to reduce backlogs and improve processing times.


Helping newcomers achieve success

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Today, Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, attended the grand opening of a Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) centre and announced an investment of more than $2 million for settlement services.


Attracting entrepreneurs through Canada's Start-up Visa

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, met with Kitchener-Waterloo-based business incubator Communitech and other business leaders to discuss the Start-up Visa and its potential for attracting entrepreneurs to Canada who have the vision and ability to build innovative companies that can create jobs and long-term prosperity.


Strengthening Citizenship, Speeding Up Processing

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

August 1, 2014 - Ottawa - Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced that recent changes to the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act are already paying big dividends: citizenship backlogs are at their lowest level in more than two years, and applications are now being processed more efficiently than ever.


Minister Kenney concludes successful trip to Armenia

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Jason Kenney, Canada's Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, has completed a successful visit to the Republic of Armenia. He is the first Canadian minister to have visited the country since 2002.


Minister Kenney concludes successful trip to Lebanon

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, completed a successful visit to Lebanon where he met community, business, & political leaders, promoted trade, and met Canadian aid workers who are helping victims of the Syrian Civil War.


Promoting jobs and economic growth through Canada's Start-up Visa

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today welcomed the first two successful applicants under the Start-up Visa Program, which is designed to attract more entrepreneurs and create jobs for Canadians.


Gearing up for the launch of Express Entry

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

July 14, 2014 -Toronto - Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander met with stakeholders and business leaders today about the January 2015 launch of Express Entry: a faster and more effective way for Canada to welcome skilled economic immigrants.


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