Over 10,000 set to become Canadian citizens in next few weeks

by Ray Clancy on February 25, 2014

A series of large scale citizenship ceremonies are being held in Canada this month and into March which will see over 11,000 people become Canadians.

In one day more than 1,000 people from 93 countries become Canadian citizens in just one ceremony in Montreal.  Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said it shows that the backlog of citizenship applications is decreasing.

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More than 1,000 people from 93 countries will become Canadian citizens in just one ceremony

He pointed out that the government’s proposed changes in Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, will further reduce wait times by streamlining the decision making process for citizenship.

It is expected that these changes will bring the average processing time for citizenship applications down to under one year and that the current backlog will be reduced by more than 80% by 2015/2016.

Since 2006, Canada has enjoyed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history, an average of 257,000 newcomers each year. Accordingly, the demand for citizenship has increased by 30%.

The most up to date figures show that in 2013, some 128,936 people were granted citizenship at ceremonies across Canada, an average of 10,745 each month.

For a new Canadian the citizenship ceremony marks their formal entry into the Canadian civic life. ‘A Canadian citizenship ceremony is a moving and emotional celebration that reaffirms one’s commitment to Canadian values and traditions,’ said Alexander.

‘The government wants to build on our successes in reforming the immigration system and, with the launch of the Blueprint for Citizenship Improvements, we will improve the citizenship process so newcomers become Canadian citizens more quickly,’ he added.

 

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