Immigration & Citizenship

  1. As the security situation in Haiti remains volatile, the Government of Canada continues to take action to help people who have been impacted by the violence and deteriorating security conditions.
  2. We can become citizens in different ways. Some of us are lucky enough to be born in Canada. Others are newcomers who chose Canada, join our communities and earn their citizenship – sometimes referred to as naturalized citizens.
  3. Canadian citizenship is highly valued around the world. It provides the right to vote, to run for political office and to hold a Canadian passport. For many immigrants, citizenship is key to integration. It also provides a sense of belonging to a diverse and inclusive country built on the principles of democracy, equality and multiculturalism.
  4. The Citizenship Act contains a first-generation limit to citizenship by descent, which means that a Canadian citizen parent can pass on citizenship to a child born outside Canada if the parent was either born in Canada or naturalized before the birth of the child. Canadians born or naturalized in Canada before adopting a child born abroad can apply for a direct grant of citizenship for the adopted child
  5. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will hold a media scrum regarding the introduction of a citizenship bill. Minister Miller will be joined by Jenny Kwan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver East, and Kathryn Burton, advocate and parent.
  6. Rural and Francophone minority communities are key to both Canada’s long-term growth and our linguistic vitality. However, these communities face unique economic and demographic challenges. That is why the Government of Canada is launching two new pilots this fall to attract the skilled workers they need to grow their economies and communities.
  7. To celebrate Citizenship Week, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will welcome 50 of Canada’s newest citizens. Citizenship Judge Rochelle Ivri will preside over the ceremony.
  8. I’m happy to be joined by Jeremy Harrison from the Government of Saskatchewan [Minister of Trade and Export Development, Immigration and Career Training, Innovation Saskatchewan, and Tourism Saskatchewan], as the co-chair of this forum.
  9. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement to mark the start of Citizenship Week, which runs from May 13 to 19, 2024:
  10. The Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration (FMRI) met today to discuss Canada’s immigration levels planning for 2025–2027.
  11. To celebrate Citizenship Week, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will welcome 40 of Canada’s newest citizens. Citizenship Judge Carol-Ann Hart will preside over the ceremony.
  12. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, alongside his provincial and territorial counterparts, will be available to media following a meeting of the Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration.
  13. Regional economic immigration programs support the sustainable growth and economic stability of our country, and contribute significantly to the cultural diversity and enrichment of Canada.
  14. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) plays a crucial role in ensuring the integrity of our immigration system and holds accountable individuals who attempt to defraud new immigrants to Canada.
  15. I want to start by acknowledging that we are gathering today from the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg Nation.
  16. Before I begin, I’d like to acknowledge that we are gathering on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, who have been stewards of this land since timeimmemorial.
  17. International students enrich Canada’s social, cultural and economic fabric. That is why, in recent months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has introduced reforms to the International Students Program, to ensure system integrity while protecting students from fraud and financial vulnerability.
  18. Immigration is critical to the growth of our economy and our communities. Improving processing times is key to providing an immigration system that works better for newcomers and Canadians alike, which is why we are taking action to reduce wait times and modernize our programs and services.
  19. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will hold a media scrum to address new rules governing off-campus work hours for international students.
  20. I’ll begin by acknowledging that we are gathering on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishanaabeg People.
  21. I want to begin by acknowledging that we are gathered on the ancestral, unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. We pay our respects to the First Nation ancestors of these lands and reaffirm our relationship with one another.
  22. I’d like to acknowledge that we are gathering on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishanaabeg People.
  23. I’d like to begin by acknowledging that I’m speaking to you today from the traditional territory of the Wendat [WHEN-daht], Anishinaabeg [uh-nish-uh-NAH-bay], Haudenosaunee [Ho de noh SHOW nee], and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
  24. I would like to begin by acknowledging we are gathering on the traditional and unceded territory of a number of First Nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnaabeg, the Chippewa, and the Haudenosaunee peoples. We honour them as the past, present and future caretakers of this land.
  25. Good morning/afternoon. Thank you all for joining us today.
  26. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will highlight an electric vehicle supply chain as part of Budget 2024’s commitments. Minister Miller will be joined by the Honourable Kamal Khera, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, the Honourable Rechie Valdez, Minister of Small Business, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Physical Activity.
  27. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will highlight a housing plan as part of Budget 2024’s commitments. Minister Miller will be joined by the Honourable Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.
  28. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement
  29. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, will make a housing announcement.
  30. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, will make a housing announcement.
  31. I want to start by acknowledging that we are gathered on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe People.
  32. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, together with the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, will hold a media availability to provide an update on temporary resident levels.
  33. “Today, we are proud to celebrate the International Day of La Francophonie. This day is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the linguistic duality that is at the heart of our national identity, and to reflect on the importance of the French language that links us to so many communities around the world. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the importance of French­speaking newcomers who choose to settle in Canada, and who are essential to the economic, cultural and linguistic development of their new communities."
  34. Rural and Francophone minority communities are critical to Canada’s long-term growth, and regional immigration plays a key role in strengthening their economies. In particular, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) has been successful in connecting businesses and employers in remote communities with the skilled newcomers they need to thrive.
  35. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will announce new immigration pilots for rural and Francophone minority communities.
  36. Canada continues to create new opportunities for Canadian youth to explore other cultures and build lasting connections abroad. The Government of Canada also welcomes youth from around the world to experience Canada’s diversity and richness through work and travel.
  37. “Canada is a top choice for people around the world who want to come here to work, study and build a life with their families. As we welcome these newcomers who bring the skills our economy needs to grow, we must continue to take meaningful action to tackle immigration fraud and protect Canadians and those who wish to come here in good faith."
  38. Canada and Mexico have maintained a deep, positive and constructive diplomatic partnership over the past 80 years. We have worked to ensure North America is the world’s most competitive economic region and maintain strong bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation. To support travel and people-to-people connections between Canada and Mexico, while also preserving the integrity of our immigration system, the Government of Canada is adjusting its travel requirements for Mexican citizens.
  39. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will hold a media availability to provide an update on immigration measures.
  40. To commemorate Black History Month, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will welcome 19 of Canada’s newest citizens. The ceremony will be presided by Citizenship Judge Rochelle Ivri.
  41. Immigration is critical to Canada’s long-term success. Newcomers and visitors fuel our economy and add vibrancy to our communities. As we continue to receive high volumes of visa applications from around the world, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is committed to improving processing efficiency and client service. This includes expanding our international presence when needed.
  42. Francophone immigration plays a crucial role in strengthening our national identity, while also growing the economy and addressing labour shortages. That’s why Canada is increasing its efforts to welcome French-speaking skilled workers outside Quebec to ensure the sustainability and economic development of Francophone minority communities.
  43. The Government of Canada values its close working relationship with the Government of Quebec, a bilateral relationship that has allowed us to mutually support Quebecers over many immigration-related objectives.
  44. The Government of Canada is dedicated to honouring the memory of the millions of people who died senselessly in the Holocaust, and the Canadians who fought to liberate Europe from the Nazis. This tragic chapter in world history can never be forgotten.
  45. With increasing global migration, Canada is experiencing a rise in the number of people claiming asylum. While housing and supports for asylum claimants are the responsibility of provinces and municipalities, the federal government recognizes the need for all orders of government to work together to address the rise in the number of people claiming asylum in Canada.
  46. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement:
  47. International students enrich our communities and are a critical part of Canada’s social, cultural and economic fabric. In recent years, the integrity of the international student system has been threatened. Some institutions have significantly increased their intakes to drive revenues, and more students have been arriving in Canada without the proper supports they need to succeed. Rapid increases in the number of international students arriving in Canada also puts pressure on housing, health care and other services. As we work to better protect international students from bad actors and support sustainable population growth in Canada, the government is moving forward with measures to stabilize the number of international students in Canada.
  48. Canada values the significant social, cultural and economic benefits that international students bring to Canada. For those benefits to continue and to ensure international students who arrive in Canada are set up for success, we must tackle issues that have made some students vulnerable and have challenged the integrity of the International Student Program. This includes making sure we can manage the number of international students coming to Canada in a sustainable manner, while punishing any bad actors who pose a threat to the system.
  49. Francophone immigration plays a crucial role in Canada’s economic growth and promotes the vitality of Francophone minority communities and meet labour needs across the country.
  50. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will provide an update on various elements related to Francophone immigration in Canada.