Welcome mat out for new Canadians
At 220 citizenship ceremonies held in school gymnasiums, Citizenship and Immigration offices, city halls and hotel conference rooms, Canada welcomed its newest citizens.
More than 19,200 people from 193 countries became Canadian citizens at citizenship ceremonies held across Canada in February.
This is almost 100 per cent higher compared to the same period last year (February 2013) when approximately 9,980 people were granted citizenship.
• In 2013, 128,936 people were granted citizenship, an average of 10,745 each month.
• So far in 2014, Canada has welcomed more than 41,000 new citizens at 462 ceremonies across Canada.
• Canada has the highest rate of naturalization in the world – 85 per cent of eligible permanent residents become citizens. 333,860 citizenship applications were received in 2013, the highest volume ever.
Posted: Apr 1, 2014