OTTAWA, ON, Jan 1, 2022
OTTAWA, ON, January 1, 2022 / CNW / – The Prime Minister, Justin trudeau, today issued the following statement on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Canadian citizenship:
“Seventy-five years ago today, the Canadian citizenship act became law, marking the beginning of Canadian citizenship as a legal status. This historic moment established who was – and who could become – a Canadian citizen and was an important expression of our country’s national identity.
“The law also made Canada the first Commonwealth country to create its own citizenship, separate from that of the UK, making us Canadians rather than British subjects. Over the years, the Act has evolved into the Citizenship law and saw various amendments, leading to greater fairness and improvements to from Canada citizenship program. Today, Canadian citizens across the country and around the world proudly share freedoms and rights, while embracing the responsibilities that their status confers upon them. Over the past decade, more than two million people have taken the citizenship oath to become Canadian citizens.
“The government of Canada recognizes that investing in immigration helps strengthen and grow our economy, but we also know that the pandemic has caused delays for those looking to build a future in Canada. That’s why the government is committed to increasing immigration levels and reducing wait times for applicants, while delivering a world-class refugee resettlement program and supporting family reunification, so that families can be together sooner. Through this work and the support of communities and Canadians across the country, Canada welcomed more than 400,000 newcomers in 2021 – the most in a single year in our country’s history.
“We also know that there is still work to be done to Canada a fairer, more inclusive and more equitable place for everyone, including new Canadians. Regardless of their origin, a Canadian is a Canadian. Sadly, many have faced additional barriers to social and economic participation as a result of the pandemic. Systemic prejudice, discrimination and racism also continue to be a lived reality for many immigrants across the country. As we continue to fight COVID-19, we will continue to take meaningful action to ensure all Canadians have a real and fair chance to succeed.
“As a country, we are strong because of our people, our diversity and our differences. For generations, immigrants and new Canadians have embodied the values of openness, compassion and respect that define and unite us. By making this country our home, they have shaped from Canada identity and their important social, cultural and economic contributions make us the country we are today. We must never forget or take this for granted.
“On this day, as we mark the 75th anniversary of our common Canadian citizenship, I invite all of us to celebrate what it means to be Canadian and to learn more about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. . Let us reflect on the freedoms we enjoy and the values we share as a Canadian family. Together, Canadians from coast to coast to coast can continue to build a stronger, more diverse and more inclusive country.
This document is also available at https://pm.gc.ca
SOURCE Office of the Prime Minister