It is said that the world needs more Canada. With several Canadian cities routinely making it to the top five of the most livable cities in the world, Canada offers good governance and quality of life. Which endorses the decision of immigrants from all over the world who choose Canada. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, welcomed 100 new Canadians from 28 countries at a special citizenship ceremony in honour of International Human Rights Day in December.
“It was truly an honour to celebrate this momentous occasion, welcoming 100 new Canadian citizens as they joined the Canadian family – my first ceremony as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship,” said McCallum. “Like many who came before them, today’s new citizens made sacrifices to immigrate and build new lives in Canada. Now, they contribute to the diversity that is one of Canada’s greatest strengths. To today’s new citizens, thank you for choosing to make Canada your new home. We are both honoured and strengthened by your decision.”
“On behalf of all the men and women of York Regional Police, congratulations to you all as new Canadians,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe of York Regional Police. “You live in a nation that not only prides itself on our cultural diversity but acknowledges it as one of our greatest strengths.”
Canada is made up of over 200 ethnic origins, with thirteen of those ethnic groups having Canadian populations over one million. More than one in five Canadians were born outside Canada. As Canada’s eighth Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, famously said, “Canada is free and freedom is its nationality.”
Canada was recently named the world’s most well-respected country – for the fourth time in five years – by holidaymakers who ranked more than 50 nations. It was followed by Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia.