Services coming home to newcomers in Prince Edward Island
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI, March 6, 2019 /CNW/ - Newcomers in Prince Edward Island will soon have access to citizenship, immigration and settlement services with the reopening of an office in Charlottetown.
As a result of the Atlantic Growth Strategy, the province is attracting more immigrants and new Canadians. Today's commitment to newcomers will provide them with access to services closer to home.
The employees will work on permanent residency, settlement services and citizenship testing. They will also be able to provide services to more remote and rural locations with roving capabilities.
In addition, the new office will allow us to support and build closer relationships with local employers and educational institutions looking to attract top talent and new skills to Canada, creating economic growth and more middle-class jobs for Canadians.
"Islanders deserve the best possible services and that's why we are reopening our office in Charlottetown. This will provide newcomers with quick and easy access to services they need to succeed and save them both time and money".
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
"New Canadians are a vital part of our vibrant Island community. The reopening of the office will allow PEI residents to receive crucial services right here in Charlottetown without having to bear the cost and time associated with traveling off Island."
– Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown
- Over the last three years, the province has seen the number of new immigrants close to double in numbers. As well, close to 400 PEI residents have become new citizens in the last 2 years.
- In the Atlantic Provinces, the department has offices in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Fredericton, New Brunswick; and St. John's, Newfoundland.
- The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship office in PEI closed in 2012.
SOURCE Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
For further information: Contacts for media only, Mathieu Genest, Minister's Office, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 613-954-1064; Media Relations, Communications Branch, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 613-952-1650, [email protected]