Immigration & Citizenship

  1. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will welcome 25 of Canada’s newest citizens from six countries. The ceremony will be presided by Citizenship Judge Carol-Ann Hart.
  2. On Canada Day, we celebrate our freedoms and reflect on our rights and responsibilities as Canadian citizens. We remember and honour the shared history, symbols and values that define us as Canadians. A critical part of being Canadian is understanding the histories and realities of Indigenous Peoples, who have been caretakers of this land since time immemorial, and recognizing their integral role in this country’s past, present and future.
  3. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will welcome 24 of Canada’s newest citizens from 6 countries at a ceremony hosted by the Toronto Blue Jays. The ceremony will take place in the TD Summit Suite at Rogers Centre and will be closed to the public. Citizenship Judge Rodney Simmons will preside over the ceremony.
  4. Growing communities need more infrastructure. Community facilities, like libraries and cultural and recreation centres, are essential spaces where Canadians can come together as neighbours. That is why, as part of Budget 2024, the federal government committed to investing in cities and towns across the country.
  5. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will highlight investments in Budget 2024.
  6. A safe and secure flow of goods and people across the Canada–United States border is critical to North America’s economy and the close person-to-person ties that Canadians and Americans enjoy. That’s why we continue to look for ways to make it easier and faster to cross the border without compromising the integrity of our immigration system.
  7. Canada honours and shows solidarity with refugees worldwide
  8. Caregivers from abroad are invaluable to Canadian families. Their hard work makes a difference in the lives of those they care for, including children, seniors and persons with disabilities.
  9. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will hold a media scrum to discuss the caregiver program.
  10. We remain deeply concerned about the humanitarian tragedy unfolding in Gaza. Many people are worried about their loved ones and have expressed significant interest in the temporary special measures we introduced for their extended family in Gaza. That is why, as part of our humanitarian response, we have increased the number of temporary resident visa applications that will be accepted into processing as part of these measures from 1,000 to 5,000. Over the past few weeks, we have been issuing more web codes so that clients can apply for a temporary resident visa.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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:
  20. The Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration (FMRI) met today to discuss Canada’s immigration levels planning for 2025–2027.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. I want to start by acknowledging that we are gathering today from the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg Nation.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. I’ll begin by acknowledging that we are gathering on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishanaabeg People.
  31. I’d like to acknowledge that we are gathering on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishanaabeg People.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Good morning/afternoon. Thank you all for joining us today.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. I want to start by acknowledging that we are gathered on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe People.
  42. 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.
  43. “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."
  44. 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.
  45. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will announce new immigration pilots for rural and Francophone minority communities.
  46. 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.
  47. “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."
  48. 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.
  49. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will hold a media availability to provide an update on immigration measures.
  50. 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.