Tell us what be­ing a Cana­dian means to you.

The Miracle - - Immigration - Min­is­ter’s Of­fice Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship Canada

Ottawa, ON – Cit­i­zen­ship Week is be­ing cel­e­brated across Canada from Oc­to­ber 9 to 15, 2017. As we con­tinue to mark Canada 150 by cel­e­brat­ing our cit­i­zen­ship, Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship Canada in­vites you to be part of mak­ing Cit­i­zen­ship Week even big­ger this year by re­flect­ing on what it means to be a Cana­dian. This year’s Cit­i­zen­ship Week is par­tic­u­larly spe­cial as we are also cel­e­brat­ing re­cent changes to the Cit­i­zen­ship Act that make ac­quir­ing cit­i­zen­ship more flex­i­ble and ac­ces­si­ble, help strengthen di­ver­sity and pro­mote greater at­tach­ment to Canada. There are many ways you can cel­e­brate Cit­i­zen­ship Week this year. Share sto­ries of your cit­i­zen­ship jour­ney and pho­tos or video of your cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony with us on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram us­ing the hash­tag #Ci­ti­zen­shipWeek. Your pho­tos, videos and sto­ries will help oth­ers join in the con­ver­sa­tion. Keep an eye out on so­cial me­dia for video tes­ti­mo­ni­als from well-known Cana­di­ans shar­ing what be­ing Cana­dian means to them. Ev­ery­one is also in­vited to at­tend one of the many cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies where you can reaf­firm your cit­i­zen­ship in cel­e­bra­tion of Canada 150 and Cit­i­zen­ship Week. De­tails of cer­e­monies in your area can be found at Canada.ca/cel­e­brate-cit­i­zen­ship.

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“Dur­ing Cit­i­zen­ship Week, I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to en­gage and in­spire each other, and cel­e­brate our shared val­ues, our achieve­ments and our pride as Cana­di­ans. This is a great time to re­flect on what it means to be a Cana- dian and to be part of the Cana­dian fam­ily.” -The Hon­ourable Ahmed Hussen, Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship Quick facts •2017 marks the 70th an­niver­sary of Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship. •On Oc­to­ber 11, 2017, changes to the Cit­i­zen­ship Act re­sult­ing from Bill C-6 be­come law. Th­ese changes in­clude: re­duc­ing the time per­ma­nent res­i­dents must be phys­i­cally present in Canada be­fore ap­ply­ing; amend­ing the age range for ap­pli­cants who must meet the lan­guage and knowl­edge re­quire­ments; and count­ing the days ap­pli­cants spend in Canada as tem­po­rary res­i­dents or pro­tected per­sons as half days to­ward their phys­i­cal pres­ence re­quire­ments, up to 365 days. •In the past 10 years, Canada has wel­comed over 1,750,000 proud new Cana­di­ans. •So far in 2017, 70,000 peo­ple have be­come Cana­dian ci­ti­zens. This year dur­ing Cit­i­zen­ship Week, more than 4,000 peo­ple will be­come Cana­dian ci­ti­zens at 49 cer­e­monies across Canada

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