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    HAPPY NEW YEAR!  HAPPY THREE KINGS! As we are now in 2019, new year, new beginnings, new challenges and  new opportunities.  Everyone is entitled to make their new year’s resolution for as long as they keep it in mind and make sure that they do it to the best of their ability.  When I was young [...]

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Facilitating travel to Canada while keeping Canadians safe

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Canadians are invited to provide input on new regulations
to expand Canada’s Biometrics Program

April 6, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – Canada has long had one of the highest per capita rates of immigration in the world and is an attractive destination for immigrants and visitors.
Accurately establishing identity is an important part of immigration decisions and helps keep [...]


Improving access to free English lessons

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The Alberta government is partnering with the CBC to better connect people learning English with free lessons on their mobile devices.
With a two-year grant from the Alberta government, Learning English with CBC has improved its website to make it easier for newcomers to participate in its English language lessons. The lessons use news stories and [...]


Government of Canada strengthens fairness of the citizenship revocation process

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February 5, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – The Government does not take the revocation of citizenship lightly, and is committed to integrating enhanced fairness into the process.
Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that provisions of Bill C-6 involving changes to the citizenship revocation process came into effect.
Any individual whose case [...]


Parents and Grandparents Program reopening in new year

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Potential sponsors will soon have the opportunity to express their interest to sponsor

December 22, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian citizens and permanent residents will soon be able to take the first step in applying to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada, when the Parents and Grandparents Program reopens in 2018.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) [...]


Federal government continues to make family reunification a priority Processing surge puts Government on track to largely eliminate Live-in Caregiver Program backlog by end of 2018

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December 3, 2017— Toronto, ON – Caregivers and their families will be reunited and the inventory of Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) applications will be largely eliminated by the end of 2018, thanks to the commitments made today by the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
Great progress has been made on the backlog [...]


Calgary Cancer Centre construction starts early

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Construction is two months ahead of schedule on the $1.4-billion Calgary Cancer Centre, which will add 1,500 jobs to the Calgary economy over the next six years.
“Our government continues to make good on its promise to make life better for Albertans by investing in much-needed infrastructure projects like the new Calgary Cancer Centre. I’m proud [...]


Government of Canada implements new legislative changes to the Citizenship Act

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October 4, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide greater flexibility in meeting requirements for those who wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship,announced today a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Citizenship Act through the adoption of [...]


Minister Hussen announces major step forward in gender equality by making changes to passports and immigration documents

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August 24, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – As Canadians, we know that protecting and promoting fundamental human rights is an imperative for governments and individuals alike. This includes gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced that the Government of Canada will be working to implement [...]


Pilot program for newcomers launching companies in Canada to be made permanent

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Canadians are welcoming to people and ideas from around the globe. Welcoming entrepreneurs who have the expertise to turn their ideas into successful companies is one way that Canada’s openness can help build a world-class innovation economy.
The Start-up Visa Program, a pathway to permanent residence for cutting-edge entrepreneurs launching a start-up company in Canada, will [...]


Citizenship Bill Receives Royal Assent

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June 19, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Today, Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act, received Royal Assent.
Changes to the Citizenship Act reflect the Government’s commitments to streamline the citizenship process, enhance program integrity, and repeal certain provisions of the Act that treated dual citizens differently [...]


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