Celebrating influential newcomers

VANCOUVER, June 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander on Thursday congratulated the winners of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, which recognize newcomers who have made a strong contribution to their communities since arriving in Canada.

Organized by Canadian Immigrant magazine and RBC Royal Bank, the peoples' choice awards - which have been given to deserving newcomers for the past six years - allow Canadians to nominate and then vote for those immigrants who have contributed to and achieved success in Canada.

Minister Chris Alexander spoke at an awards event in Toronto earlier this week where 16 winners were announced.

These awards demonstrate that with the proper supports newcomers can thrive in their new homes and the government will continue to work with the provinces, communities across Canada and important private sector partners to ensure these strong immigrant outcomes continue.

A list of the winners is available at Canada's Top 25 Immigrants 2014.

Quick facts

  • The government invests approximately $900M for settlement services.
  • The government is committed to ensuring that newcomers to Canada integrate and contribute fully to the Canadian economy, and to their communities, as soon as possible.
  • More than 700 service provider organizations receive funds dedicated to helping newcomers adjust to life in Canada.

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"Our government believes that permanent immigration helps contribute to a successful economy and labour market. Through our continued support of settlement and integration programs we are providing newcomers with all the tools and supports they need to become successful members of Canadian society."

Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander

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