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  • Options Community Services Society Selected to Improve Settlement Services for Newcomers in Surrey
    January 17, 2019—Surrey, B.C.—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. IRCC is actively working to improve these settlement services through the Service Delivery Improvements funding stream and will be providing funding of $798,806 to Options Community Services Society to help enhance these important services. Read more »
  • Family Dynamics Selected to Deliver Settlement Services to Newcomers in Winnipeg
    Family Dynamics Selected to Deliver Settlement Services to Newcomers in Winnipeg January 17, 2019—Winnipeg, Manitoba—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. IRCC is actively working to improve these settlement services through the Service Delivery Improvements funding stream and will be providing funding of $98,288 to Family Dynamics to help deliver these important services. Read more »
  • Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto Selected to Provide Pre-Arrival Services
    January 16, 2019—Toronto, ON—Pre-arrival settlement services are a key element of Canada’s immigration program. They provide newcomers, including refugees, with the information and settlement support they need to make informed decisions about their new life in Canada before they arrive, such as how to prepare for finding a job. To help deliver these important services, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be providing funding of $4 million to the Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto (JVS Toronto). Read more »
  • Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia Selected to Provide Pre-Arrival Services
    January 16, 2019—Halifax, NS—Pre-arrival settlement services are a key element of Canada’s immigration program. They provide newcomers, including refugees, with the information and settlement support they need to make informed decisions about their new life in Canada before they arrive, such as how to prepare for finding a job. To help deliver these important services, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be providing funding of $13.1 million to the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). Read more »
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto Selected to Provide Pre-Arrival Services
    YMCA of Greater Toronto Selected to Provide Pre-Arrival Services Read more »
  • New and improved intake process for sponsorship of parents and grandparents to launch on January 28, 2019
    New and improved intake process for sponsorship of parents and grandparents to launch on January 28, 2019 January 11, 2019 – Ottawa, ON – Today, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, announced the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program interest to sponsor form will be available to potential sponsors starting at noon EST on January 28, 2019. Read more »
  • How will the new parents and grandparents sponsorship process work?
    The Government of Canada has listened to feedback from clients, stakeholders and the public to identify improvements needed in the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program – specifically, the application process. That is why the government is streamlining the intake process to enhance client experience. Here’s how the new process will work: Read more »
  • Speaking notes for Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship: An announcement on the Pre-arrival Settlement Services Program
    Good morning. Thank you for joining us here at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Before I begin I’d like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, the Tsleil-Waututh and the Squamish Nations. Read more »
  • Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women in Calgary
    January 4, 2019—Calgary, AB—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 »
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Selected to Provide Pre-Arrival Services
    January 3, 2019—Vancouver, BC—Pre-arrival settlement services are a key element of Canada’s immigration program. They provide newcomers, including refugees, with the information and settlement support they need to make informed decisions about their new life in Canada before they arrive. To help deliver these important services, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be providing funding of $22.4 million to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Read more »
  • Biometrics Expansion
    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. Read more »
  • Canada’s new biometrics rule will soon apply to temporary and permanent resident applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas
    December 28, 2018, Ottawa, ON—Canada is expanding its biometrics collection program. Starting December 31, 2018, nationals from countries in Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas will need to give their fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or for permanent residence. This same rule has applied to applicants from countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since July 31, 2018. Read more »
  • Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women in Moncton 
    December 21, 2018—Moncton—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 »
  • Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women in Edmonton
    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 »
  • Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women in Etobicoke
    December 19, 2018—Etobicoke—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 »
  • Statement for International Migrants Day 2018
    Ottawa, December 18, 2018 – The Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; the Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and the Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement:“Since 2000, the United Nations has designated December 18 as the International Migrants Day. It marks an opportunity to recognize all migrants’ contributions to their home and host countries, as well as the importance of respecting human rights. As a country of immigrants, Canada is especially pleased to mark this important day. Read more »
  • Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women in St. John’s
    December 18, 2018—St. John’s, NL—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 »
  • Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women in Windsor
    December 18, 2018—Windsor—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. Newcomer women who are members of a visible minority group may face multiple barriers to success, including gender- and race-based discrimination, precarious or low income employment, lack of affordable childcare and weak social supports. Read more »
  • Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women in Victoria
    December 17, 2018—Victoria—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. Newcomer women who are members of a visible minority group may face multiple barriers to success, including gender- and race-based discrimination, precarious or low income employment, lack of affordable childcare and weak social supports. Read more »
  • Minister Hussen concludes successful trip to Morocco
    December 14, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today concluded his week-long visit to Morocco, where he led the Canadian delegation to the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The GCM is the first globally negotiated framework covering all aspects of migration. Read more »
  • Canada adopts historic agreement to address migration
    December 10, 2018—Marrakech, Morocco – Canada believes that effective international cooperation is essential in order to address common challenges as well as harness the benefits of global migration. Today, Canada announced it adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the first global framework on all aspects of international migration. Read more »
  • Remarks for the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, at the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
    Madame Chair, on behalf of the Government of Canada and on behalf of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada, I'm very pleased to join you here today for the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.The Compact is the first time the international community has worked together to develop a comprehensive framework on migration. Read more »
  • Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
    In response to the Syria refugee crisis and increasing movements of refugees and migrants, the UN General Assembly in 2016 adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. That declaration launched separate processes to create 2 non-binding international agreements: one for refugees (Global Compact on Refugees) and one for migrants (the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration). The number of international migrants continues to grow and was estimated at 258 million worldwide in 2017, a 49% increase compared to 2000. Read more »
  • Speaking notes for Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship: New pilot to Address Multiple Barriers to Success for Women in Canada’s Job Market
    Thank you very much. It’s a pleasure to be here with you. I know this community very well. It’s a very wonderful community and what makes Etobicoke North such an amazing, dynamic community is the strong women who are here. Read more »
  • Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women
    December 5, 2018—Toronto, ON—Visible minority newcomer women integrating into Canadian society can face many barriers to employment. To address these challenges, today the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the launch of a 3-year Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot. Read more »
  • Canada and Portugal Youth Mobility Arrangement Now in Effect
    Ottawa, ON – Portugal is the newest country to have an agreement with Canada under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. This opens further channels of exchange between Canadian and Portuguese youth by providing an opportunity for Portuguese youth to work and travel in Canada, while Canadian youth may work and travel in Portugal. Read more »
  • Visitor visa applications from Chinese nationals made more efficient
    In support of growing relations between Canada and China, and the Canada-China Year of Tourism, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is collaborating with Ant Financial Services Group (Ant Financial) on a client service initiative making it easier and more convenient for Chinese nationals to apply for a Canadian visitor visa, particularly when applying online. Read more »
  • Remarks by the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship: National Francophone Immigration Week
    Remarks by the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship: National Francophone Immigration Week Read more »
  • Stimulating innovation and growth to promote job creation for everyone in all Quebec regions
    The Government of Canada unveils its Federal Strategy on Innovation and Growth for the Quebec Regions Read more »
  • Immigration Minister announces key initiatives to promote Francophone immigration from pre-arrival to citizenship
    November 7, 2018 — Ottawa, ON — Promoting Francophone immigration is a priority for the Government of Canada. As part of National Francophone Immigration Week, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a number of key initiatives to improve and grow services for francophone immigrants. Reinforcing Francophone settlement services from pre-arrival to citizenship will ensure the successful integration and retention of French-speaking newcomers to Canada. Read more »
  • Speaking notes for Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship - Economic Growth and Prosperity: How Immigration Benefits the Middle Class
    Bonjour et merci d’être ici ce matin. It’s always a pleasure to address the Canadian Club, because I know many of you in this audience are engaged with immigration and more broadly on issues around Canadian public policy. Read more »
  • New Visa Application Centres open in Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe and Africa
    New Visa Application Centres open in Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe and Africa November 2, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – Canada is expanding its biometrics collection program and is now taking steps to prepare for December 31, 2018, when nationals from countries in Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas will need to give their biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) when applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or for permanent residence. Read more »
  • Infographic: Immigration at a Glance
    Infographic: Immigration at a Glance Read more »
  • Backgrounder: Businesses and communities across Canada to benefit from increased immigration
    Our immigration system has helped make Canada the nation it is today – one that is diverse, prosperous and welcoming to those in need. Immigration spurs innovation and economic growth and supports the development of diverse, dynamic and innovative businesses and communities across the country. Read more »
  • Businesses and communities across Canada to benefit from increased immigration
    Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the new multi-year immigration levels plan for 2019-2021. This new immigration plan will benefit all Canadians because immigrants contribute to Canada’s economic growth and help keep Canada competitive in a global economy. Read more »

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