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Record number of new citizens welcomed in 2014

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Canada welcomed more than 260,000 new citizens this year, thanks to the government's improvements to the citizenship program as well as recent reforms to the Citizenship Act, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today. This is more new Canadians than in any year in Canada's history and more than double the number from last year.


Reuniting more families

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Today, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that the parent and grandparent program (PGP) will re-open on January 2, 2015.


Promoting Job Creation and Economic Growth

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Today, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada will unveil a pilot program in January 2015 to attract experienced business immigrants who can actively invest in the Canadian economy, stimulating innovation, economic growth and job creation.


Ottawa welcomes more than 1,100 new Canadians

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

December 12, 2014-OTTAWA- More than 1,100 individuals from 122 countries became Canadian citizens at 15 citizenship ceremonies in Ottawa this week, announced Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today.


Montreal welcomes more new Canadians

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

December 4, 2014 - MONTREAL, QC - Today, Canada welcomed more than 700 new citizens from nearly 100 countries at four citizenship ceremonies in Montreal.


Mario Dion Appointed Chair of Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced that Mario Dion has been appointed as Chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), effective January 1, 2015. The appointment is for a 5-year term.


Getting Ready to Launch Express Entry

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today confirmed it's one month and counting until Express Entry launches a new phase of active immigration recruitment to meet economic and labour market needs. Potential candidates can create their profile on January 1st, 2015, with the first Invitations to Apply issued within weeks.


Putting the Safety and Security of Canadians First

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

November 21, 2014 - Ottawa - Today, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the coming into force of certain changes under the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act that will further protect the safety and security of Canadians and the integrity of Canada's immigration system.


Minister Kenney addresses Canadian Race Relations Foundation Awards of Excellence Dinner

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

November 18, 2014 - Ottawa - Today Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, delivered opening remarks at the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) Awards of Excellence dinner, where he reflected on his experiences as Minister responsible for Multiculturalism since 2007 and congratulated six award w‎inning organizations for their efforts at promoting unity in diversity.


Celebrating diversity and multiculturalism

| Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada | news releases

November 17, 2014 - Ottawa -Today, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, gave the opening address at the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) Symposium, where he recognized participants' efforts in building a better and more inclusive Canadian society.


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