Over 2,200 Migrants Become New Canadian Citizens on Canada Day
Over 2,200 migrants from 138 countries became new Canadian citizens on Canada Day this year at 45 citizenship ceremonies across the country.
On July 1, 2104, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander welcomed new Canadians at Canada Day's citizenship ceremony in his home town of Ajax, Ontario.
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate our newest citizens and welcome them to the Canadian family on this special day," said Minister Alexander.
"Canada Day is a day to reflect upon what it means to be Canadian and to reaffirm our commitment to upholding Canadian values, which have their roots in democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law. It is a day to recognize both the rights and responsibilities of each and every Canadian. Congratulations and Happy Canada Day," he added.
The Minister emphasized the hard work of the Canadian Government to make the Canadian citizenship program more efficient and help more overseas migrants become Canadian citizen faster.
According to the Minister, since 2006, Canada has seen the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history, with an average of 250,000 newcomers each year. So far in 2014, Canada has welcomed approximately 130,000 new citizens.
The recent changes to the Citizenship Act are expected to further reduce citizenship processing times by streamlining the decision-making process. This could cut down the average processing time for Canadian citizenship applications to less than one year, as well as reduce the current backlog by more than 80 percent by the end of 2015-2016.
Like all other ceremonies throughout the year, on this Canada day, Minister Alexander also highlighted the hard work, commitment and sacrifices of Canadians who have built and continue to shape a nation staunchly committed to democracy, prosperity and lawful peace.
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