NEW FUNDING FOR CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS
OTTAWA, November 16, 2005 — Citizenship
and Immigration Canada’s Supplementary Estimates were approved
today, providing an additional $168.5 million in support of
Canada’s immigration, citizenship and refugee programs.
The additional funding will be directed toward continued
improvements to the Department’s programs and services,
including reducing inventories and processing times for new
citizens, refugees and immigrants. It will also support new
initiatives to prevent racism, and make it easier for students
to come and stay in Canada. Finally, it will strengthen
partnerships with the provinces and territories, and improve
integration for newcomers to help ensure that Canadian
businesses have the skills and workers they need to thrive.
“The Government of Canada has made great strides toward
improving client services and immigrant outcomes,” said the
Honourable Joe Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
“With the approval of this funding, we can build on these
successes and move ahead on the agenda put forward earlier
this year to create the immigration and citizenship programs
Canadians want and need.”
The unanimous vote of the Standing Committee will be
reported to the House, and the final vote on supplementary
estimates is scheduled for December 8th.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Citizenship and Immigration Canada