Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Since 1869, Canada's immigration programs have helped build a community of citizens respected around the world.

Immigration plays a key role in shaping Canada's economy, society and history. As one of the most popular destinations for immigrants, people have come to Canada from all over the world to apply their skills and entrepreneurial talents, to seek new opportunities, to reunite with family members or to seek security and stability.

What we do

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) was created in 1994 to link immigration services with citizenship registration, promote the unique ideals all Canadians share and help build a stronger Canada. CIC is committed to reaching out to Canadians and newcomers and is developing lasting relationships with ethnic and religious communities in Canada. Each year, CIC helps

  • 250,000
    permanent residents come to Canada.
  • 160,000
    people become Canadian citizens.

The Ministers

Learn more about CIC’s Ministers: Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander; Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism; and Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism).

Ontario Bridge Training Program funding announcement

Minister Alexander announces federal support for the Ontario Bridge Training Program.

True North Strong and Free

Listen to Minister Chris Alexander's call to action on why all Canadians should stand proud and be aware of the rights and responsibilities we have in this country.

Special citizenship week citizenship ceremony at the CN tower

Minister Alexander officially kicks-off Citizenship Week 2013 by welcoming 50 new Canadian citizens at a special ceremony at the CN Tower.

How we do business

Acts and regulations

CIC's mandate comes from the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act. The Minister is responsible for the Citizenship Act of 1977 and shares responsibility with the Minister of Public Safety for the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Service declaration

This service declaration outlines CIC's service commitments. Through this declaration, you will find information on topics such as commitment and service standards.

Community partners

Find out what community partners are doing to help newcomers adapt to life in Canada.

Videos, publications and reports

CIC produces a wide variety of publications and reports related to immigration, citizenship and multiculturalism.

The Department also produces videos about tutorials, multiculturalism in Canada, citizenship and more. All videos are closed captioned with full transcripts and downloadable versions.

Discover Canada

This publication is used by newcomers to study for the citizenship test.

Welcome to Canada: What you should know

Find out what to expect within the first few weeks and months of coming to Canada.

Operational manuals and bulletins

Employees consult manuals and bulletins for guidance in the exercise of their functions.


Watch our videos to learn more about immigration, citizenship and multiculturalism.

Stay connected

Stay connected with CIC and get up-to-date information on the online tools you use every day, including:

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