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  • MP Bagnell to make announcement related to Francophone minority communities across Canada 
    MP Bagnell to make announcement related to Francophone minority communities across Canada Whitehorse, YT – Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon will be available to media to discuss an announcement regarding Francophone minority communities across Canada. Read more »
  • Sudbury selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community
    Sudbury has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of the Government of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages. Read more »
  • Haut-Saint-Jean selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community
    Haut-Saint-Jean has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of the Government of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages. Read more »
  • Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team welcomes new Canadians
    Canada Soccer hosted a special citizenship ceremony at BMO Field today, where Canada’s Women’s National Team welcomed 27 new citizens from 12 countries into the Canadian family. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, delivered the oath of citizenship and presented certificates to the new citizens. Also attending was Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer’s General Secretary. Read more »
  • Government of Canada provides support to British Columbia to ease shelter pressures
    May 17, 2019 – Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is committed to helping provinces adjust to pressures in delivering interim housing solutions. To assist British Columbia, the Government will provide $6 million to address costs associated with temporary housing for asylum claimants. Read more »
  • Canada ends the Designated Country of Origin practice
    May 17, 2019—Ottawa, ON—The Government of Canada is committed to a well-managed asylum system that’s fair, fast and final. Effective today, Canada is removing all countries from the designated country of origin (DCO) list, which effectively suspends the DCO policy, introduced in 2012, until it can be repealed through future legislative changes. Read more »
  • Additional support provided to ease Toronto shelter pressures
    The Government of Canada remains committed to working collaboratively with provinces and municipalities to help deal with the pressures they face with respect to providing temporary housing to asylum claimants. Read more »
  • Deadline closes in less than one month for caregivers
    May 8, 2019—Ottawa, ON – Caregivers currently working in Canada are asked to take immediate action to apply to the Interim Pathway for Caregivers, as it closes on June 4, 2019. Read more »
  • New Atlantic Immigration Pilot change will help newcomers feel at home
    May 8, 2019—Halifax, NS – The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is adding a new component to provide a better quality of life to skilled immigrants and their families, who came to Atlantic Canada to work by providing their spouses with intermediate skill level, such as food and beverage servers or long-haul truck drivers, an opportunity to apply for an open work permit. Read more »
  • Investing in Canada’s asylum system
    The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Canada is a place for those who genuinely need protection, while also safeguarding the integrity of our asylum system to make sure Canadians and newcomers continue to benefit from a world-class immigration system. Read more »
  • Statement in response to the Auditor General of Canada’s report on processing asylum claims
    Ottawa, May 7, 2019 – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction and the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today issued the following statement: Read more »
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Turns 37
    April 17, 2019—Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, welcomed 37 new Canadians today in the West Block of Parliament Hill. Read more »
  • ISSofBC Selected to Improve Settlement Services for Newcomers across Canada
    April 12, 2019—Vancouver, BC—Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) works with many partners in the delivery of services to newcomers to Canada, and supports their integration into Canadian communities. Read more »
  • Prince George selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community
    Prince George has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of the Government of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages. Read more »
  • Canada strengthens regulation of immigration and citizenship consultants
    Ottawa, April 10, 2019— The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement: Read more »
  • Canada celebrates 40 years of the refugee sponsorship program
    As Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program marks 40 years, Canadians are being celebrated for their immense contributions and dedication to provide a safe haven for vulnerable refugees around the world. Read more »
  • By the numbers – 40 years of Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program
    Since the late 1970s, Canadian citizens and permanent residents have joined together to provide protection to refugees and to help them build a new life here through Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. Read more »
  • Helping the City of Ottawa ease shelter pressures
    April 5, 2019 – Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is continuing to work collaboratively with provincial, territorial and municipal partners to help alleviate the pressures they are facing with respect to providing temporary housing to asylum seekers. Read more »
  • Iqaluit selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community
    March 18, 2019 — Iqaluit, NU — Iqaluit has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of the Government of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages. Read more »
  • Minister Blair reinforces mutual cooperation on border issues during trip to U.S.
    The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, concluded his trip to the United States. Minister Blair spoke with members of Congress and government officials about issues of border security, including the shared goal of modernizing the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA). Read more »
  • Interim Pathway for Caregivers in Canada now open
    March 15, 2019—Ottawa, ON – Caregivers who came to Canada to provide care to Canadian families, in the hope of eventually transitioning to becoming a permanent residents should apply to the Interim Pathway for Caregivers (IPC). Read more »
  • The Seine River Region selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community
    March 15, 2019 — Lorette, MB — The Seine River Region has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages. Read more »
  • Calgary selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community and Launch of the New Francophone Immigration Strategy
    March 13, 2019 – CALGARY, AB – Calgary has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages. Read more »
  • Speaking notes for Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship: An Update on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
    Thank you for inviting me. It’s a pleasure to be here. Read more »
  • Government announces 2,000 additional spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program
    March 12, 2019 – Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, delivered today on a commitment to expand pathways for temporary foreign workers by allocating an additional 2,000 spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program. Read more »
  • Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women in Regina
    March 11, 2019—Regina, SK—The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that newcomers have the support and services they need to make the most of their talents and experience in order to fully integrate and contribute to the Canadian economy and to their communities. Read more »
  • Collège nordique francophone recognized for its work with newcomers to Canada
    Collège nordique francophone recognized for its work with newcomers to Canada One of 3 Employer Awards given out by IRCC March 6, 2019 – Yellowknife, NWT – The Government of Canada is recognizing the Collège nordique francophone (CNF) for its support of newcomers to Canada, including community connections, professional language training and connections to local settlement services. Read more »
  • Friesens Corporation recognized for its work with newcomers to Canada
    March 6, 2019 – Altona, MB – The Government of Canada is recognizing Friesens Corporation for its support of newcomers to Canada, including offering on-the-job skills and language training. Read more »
  • RBC Royal Bank recognized for its work with newcomers to Canada
    March 6, 2019 – Toronto, ON – The Government of Canada is recognizing RBC Royal Bank for its support of newcomers to Canada, including hiring newcomers, providing them with valuable advice about the local labour market, and assisting newcomer employees to advance in their careers and achieve their full potential. Read more »
  • Reopening an office in Charlottetown
    March 6, 2019 – Charlottetown, PEI – Newcomers in Prince Edward Island will soon have access to citizenship, immigration and settlement services with the reopening of an office in Charlottetown. Read more »
  • Atlantic Growth Strategy Maps Atlantic Canada’s Clean Energy Future
    Sustained economic growth in Atlantic Canada requires strong federal-provincial collaboration. The Atlantic Growth Strategy – an initiative of both levels of government – is helping to map the region’s clean energy future and develop more sustainable, reliable, and affordable electricity for all Atlantic Canadians. Read more »
  • Atlantic Growth Strategy – Changes to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot
    Backgrounder – Atlantic Growth Strategy – Changes to Atlantic Immigration Pilot Read more »
  • Atlantic Growth Strategy – Clean Energy
    Backgrounder - Atlantic Growth Strategy - Clean Energy Read more »
  • REVISED: Ministers and premiers meet to discuss Atlantic Growth Strategy
    REVISED: Ministers and premiers meet to discuss Atlantic Growth Strategy Read more »
  • Minister Hussen marks the 15th annual Fraud Prevention Month campaign
    Minister Hussen marks the 15th annual Fraud Prevention Month campaignOttawa, March 1, 2019 – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement:Each year, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world choose to make Canada their home – whether temporarily or permanently. Unfortunately, there are people who try to take advantage of individuals going through the immigration or citizenship application process. Read more »
  • Ministers and premiers meet to discuss Atlantic Growth Strategy
    Ministers and premiers meet to discuss Atlantic Growth Strategy Read more »
  • Speaking notes for Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship: An announcement on two new caregiver immigration pilot programs 
    Thank you so much, Rob. And thank you to The Neighbourhood Organization for having us here today for this really important announcement. Read more »
  • Ottawa Senators break NHL record with citizenship ceremony
    The Ottawa Senators are hosting a special citizenship ceremony, welcoming 186 new citizens from 39 countries into the Canadian family today. Read more »
  • Caregivers will now have access to new pathways to permanent residence
    Caregivers will now have access to new pathways to permanent residence Launching 2 new 5-year caregiver immigration pilot programs February 23, 2019—Toronto, ON– Caregivers will soon have access to 2 new 5-year caregiver immigration pilots that will replace expiring and ineffective pilot programs. The new pilots will allow caregivers to come to Canada together with their family and provide a pathway to permanent residence. Read more »


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