OTTAWA, Feb. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada welcomed more than 16,000 new
citizens in January - twice as many as in January 2013, Canada's
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today.
Investments announced in Economic Action Plan 2013 have helped make the
system more efficient and strengthened the integrity of Canada's
citizenship program. The immense popularity of Canadian citizenship,
though, has hampered efforts to tackle long processing times.
The government will take additional steps in the coming days to reduce
backlogs while further strengthening the value of Canadian citizenship.
As announced in the October 2013 Speech from the Throne, these measures
- taken together - will form the first comprehensive reforms to the Citizenship Act in more than a generation.
In January 2013, 8,250 people obtained Canadian citizenship. In January
2014, more than 16,000 people became citizens at 244 citizenship
ceremonies held across the country.
The citizenship ceremony is the last step before becoming a Canadian
citizens and taking on the rights and responsibilities that come with
The new Canadians welcomed into the Canadian family in January 2014 came
from 190 different countries.
In 2013, 10,745 people were granted citizenship, on average, each month.
Since 2006, Canada has welcomed 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%.
Census data show 86% of eligible permanent residents become Canadian
"Our government views citizenship as a pledge of mutual responsibility
and a shared commitment to values rooted in our history. We are proud
to have welcomed more than 16,000 new Canadian citizens this past month
and we look forward to their full participation in Canada's economy and
Canadian society. We will continue to improve Canada's citizenship
program to ensure deserving applicants can become citizens more
Chris Alexander, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister
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