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Latest edition – Summer 2016

This edition of the IRCC Newsletter includes the following:

Canada’s continuing story of immigration – Join the conversation

Canada’s strength lies in its diversity. Our diversity is closely tied to immigration and is a valued part of Canada’s story. Therefore, the Government of Canada is asking people across Canada to help write the next chapter of our story.

Between July 5 and August 5, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is accepting online written submissions from the public and stakeholders on immigration. We want to hear your views on what immigration means for Canada and how we can continue to grow our nation using the immigration system.

Your feedback will help inform decisions that will be made on how many people Canada will welcome in the coming years.

Immigrants have always been an essential part of Canada’s success. The contributions of newcomers result in jobs, innovation and economic growth. Immigrants also strengthen our country socially and culturally. They bring new perspectives to Canada, as they experience the country through their own cultures, and these fresh perspectives can lead to inspiration and discovery, revitalizing Canadian traditions with a new energy.

We are asking Canadians from coast to coast to coast to help write the next chapter of this story. We are committed to an immigration system that supports diversity, helps grow the economy and strengthens the fabric of our society.

Visit our website to find out more about Canadian immigration and provide your input on what goals we should pursue to modernize our immigration system.

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World Refugee Day

June 20 is World Refugee Day, a day set aside each year to commemorate the strength and resolve of refugees. The annual commemoration was marked this year by events in more than 100 countries. In Canada, it was a day to celebrate how Canadians have come together, recently and in years past, to welcome refugees from around the world to our country and to highlight the ways these refugees enrich Canada as a whole.

This year in particular, Canada came forward as a humanitarian leader in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Our country achieved the significant milestone of welcoming more than 25 000 Syrian refugees to Canada in just three short months, an achievement that would not have been possible without the generosity and compassion of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

As Syrian and other refugees continue to arrive in Canada, the continued support from all levels of government, communities, service providers, resettlement assistance programs and other groups will be important to help newcomers settle and establish their new life here as participating members of Canadian society.

The Government of Canada is committed to providing a safe haven for people around the world who are in need of refugee protection, and Canadians continue to provide support and services.

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Did you know...?

  • More than 100 countries, including Canada, the United States, France and the United Kingdom, use ePassports, as recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization. The ePassport has been available to Canadians since July 1, 2013, and all newly issued Canadian passports by the Government of Canada are ePassports.
    • The ePassport contains an electronic chip, which includes information about the bearer found on page 2 of the passport (surname, given name, date of birth and sex) and a digital picture, which makes the passport more secure and reduces the risk of fraud or tampering. Visit the Government of Canada web page on Canadian passports to learn more about the advantages of ePassports.
  • IRCC is continually working toward improving client service and the results are clear.
    • Permanent resident card renewal processing times have improved considerably in recent months, down from 194 days in January 2016 to 73 days as of May 30, 2016, with IRCC’s renewed emphasis and commitment to reducing processing times and improving client service.
    • Citizenship processing times have dropped to 12 months for new applications. At the same time, older cases continue to be finalized. As of March 31, 2016, the inventory of applications has been reduced by a full 76% since November 2013, from 333,000 to 80,000.

IRCC feature video

The IRCC video team produces dozens of videos each year. We highlight one of their many great productions in each newsletter issue.

In this issue, we bring you the video “From Damascus to Toronto: The story of Mohamed.”

The story of Mohamed is just one of many tales of refugees fleeing to avoid persecution. As a gay man, Mohamed knew he would not survive long in his native country of Syria. After fleeing to Lebanon, he was sponsored by Bathurst United Church to start a new life in Canada.

IRCC Celebrates National Public Service Week

IRCC employees celebrated National Public Service Week by attending a citizenship ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 15, 2016.

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