August 19, 2014 —Today, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada has welcomed its 150,000th new citizen of 2014. This is double the number of new citizens compared to the same period in 2013 and thanks to the action taken by the government to reduce backlogs and improve processing times. Alexander attended a citizenship ceremony in Scarborough and welcomed the country’s newest Canadians. At the event, Alexander highlighted the government’s recent changes to the citizenship system, which have led to improved processing times and an eight percent reduction to the citizenship backlog.
Recent changes to the Citizenship Act, which received Royal Assent on June 19, 2014, will allow for further improvements to the efficiency of the Citizenship program. The new streamlined decision-making process and other changes to the Citizenship Act are expected to bring the processing time for citizenship applications down to under one year, reduce the citizenship application backlog by more than 80 percent and achieve a working inventory of applications in fiscal year 2015-2016.
- Since 2006, Canada has enjoyed the highest sustained levels of immigration in its history ¾ an average of one quarter-million newcomers each year.
- For new Canadians, the citizenship ceremonymarks their formal entry into the Canadian family. A citizenship ceremony is a unique part of Canadian civic life. It is one of the formal occasions when we reflect on the rights, responsibilities and exceptional privilege of being a Canadian citizen.
- Since 2006, Canada has welcomed over 1,300,000 proud new Canadians.
- Newcomers can learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and more, in the Discover Canada guide.
Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Developement, will participate in a roundtable discussion with Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, Peel-area Members of Parliament and stakeholders, on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) following the May 2014 Saving Every Women Every Child Summit. The roundtable will be held at World Vission Canada on August 21st, 2014, from 2:00-4:00pm in Mississauga, Ontario.
Canada is committed to ensuring that investments in MNCH reflect Canadian experience, expertise and values. A series of roundtables will be held across the country to draw on the expertise of Canadians on how best to ensure Canadian commitments translate to improved health for women and children in developing countries. This roundtable will provide an opportunity to engage views on Canada’s maternal and newborn health programming.
For more inforamtion on the summit and MNCH work please visit Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
On behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, today invited organizations across Canada to propose new projects that will promote the economic prosperity of women in Canada, and position them for greater economic success.
The Government of Canada will be supporting projects selected through this new Call for Proposals by Status of Women Canada entitled Increasing Economic Prosperity for Women. These projects will engage women and others in addressing the unique challenges facing women in today’s economy, and remove barriers that prevent them from contributing fully to the growth of the economy in their communities.
The deadline for applications to be submitted is noon (12:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time) on October 17, 2014. Apply Now!
This Call for Proposals by Status of Women Canada aligns with the Government of Canada’s number one priority which is to support jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians.
- Projects under this Call for Proposals will engage key stakeholders – institutions, employers, sector and professional organizations and local communities – to promote the economic prosperity of women in Canada. They will also address institutional barriers and other factors that limit economic opportunities for women.
- Through the Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada, the Government of Canada has invested more than $54 million in projects that promote women’s economic security and prosperity throughout the economy.
- On June 26, 2014, the report of the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards was released. It outlines a roadmap for improving the representation of women on public and private boards that will also build a stronger economy. One of the report’s main recommendations is that public and private sectors in Canada aspire to seeing women attain 30% of all board positions over the next five years.
- Economic Action Plan 2014 outlined the Government’s commitment to increasing mentorship for women looking to start their own businesses and become entrepreneurs.
Asalam a Lakum – Good morning everyone – Bonjour tous le monde.
Happy 67th anniversary of Pakistan Independence Day – Yaum-e Āzādī!
Excellency Consul General, distinguished colleagues from elected office, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be here today on behalf of Prime Minister Harper to bring greetings and to participate in today’s flag raising ceremony.
Canada and Pakistan have an important mutual friendship on many levels – not just because we have a large Pakistani diaspora in Canada – but because our two countries are continuing to grow and change for the better of all of our people.
Some of you know that I took my first trip to Lahore and Karachi in January. I experienced the wonderful hospitality and the resilience of its people. My trip has brought Pakistan much closer to my heart.
August 14th is a very significant day in the history of Pakistan as the day in which you began to control your own destiny. Much like Canada did in 1867.
So today we join with you in a wonderful celebration of your country’s independence and wish you all the best.
Pakistan Zinda Baad. Canada Zinda Baad. May God bless both of our wonderful nations. Merci beaucoup.
On Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, welcomed Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, to Streetsville while on her summer tour to visit local organizations under her Status of Women portfolio.
MP Butt took Minister Leitch to visit the Heartland Creditview Neighbourhood Centre, where they met with MP Bob Dechert, Councillor Ron Starr and the Heartland Board of Directors to discuss issues facing women today. They toured the centres facilities and participated in a demonstration of their “Women’s Empowerment” program.
The day ended with a visit to Interim Place, a local women’s shelter, where they met with Sharon Floyd, Executive Director, to discuss the shelter and its support services for women in Peel Region who face violence and their programs to help heal and build new lives free of abuse.