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Canadian Immigration, language assessment of citizenship applicants

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Did you know that The Department of Citizenship and Immigration has issued a Notice of Intent to amend the Citizenship Regulations?

The amendment relates to the language assessment of citizenship applications. This notice was published in the Canada Gazette on October 15, 2011.

The Department is requesting comments on a proposal to require applicants who apply for Canadian citizenship to provide up-front evidence of language ability showing achievement of at least Canadian Language Benchmarklevel 4 in speaking and listening with their citizenship application. Such evidence could include third-party language tests or alternative evidence.

Any person (including citizenship lawyers, stakeholders, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, interested groups, and the general public) may, within 30 days of the publication of this notice, provide their comments on this Notice of Intent, in writing, to the person named in the Government Notice.
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Canada accepts more immigrants per capita than any other country (save Australia) and more than three-quarters of all newcomers become citizens.
In our opinion the proposed amendment is a positive step that will improve the Canadian approach. Canadians should be able to communicate in English or French in order to participate in the Canadian culture and society.

Last Tuesday, October 4th, the Globe and Mail published an article about a program that started 3 years ago in Toronto and that offers new Canadian citizens a 12-month “cultural access pass” to attractions nationwide, all of them at no charge.

The program is called CAP and managed by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and is exploding in popularity – it now has enrolment rates of 80 citizens a day, with 1,000 attractions nationwide expected to be on board by year’s end. The program is now in place at more than 600 museums, galleries, parks and discovery centres in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and the Northwest Territories.

Information about the program is handed out during every citizenship ceremony nationwide.
New citizens have the possibility to learn more about Canada, to connect with Canadian culture and to embrace the diversity and the different cultures that make up Canada.