CIC News June 19, 2013

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is the department of the Canadian government concerned with the intake of immigrants among other responsibilities. Regular news releases announce major events for the department.

June 14: Minister Jason Kenney Leads Session of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

A plan designed to ensure that the lessons of the holocaust will not be forgotten was approved by the Holocaust Remembrance Alliance today according to Minister of Citizenship Immigration and Multiculturalism.

The meeting was held in Berlin and focused on creating programs which would remember and memorialize the awful events that occurred in Central Europe in the mid-20th century.

Additionally, the program looks toward preventing future anti-Semitism and future acts of genocide.

June 17: Citizenship Judge Appointment

Andrea Paine was appointed full-time citizenship judge of Montreal on the advice of Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

“Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions on citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens,” the Citizenship and Immigration Canada news release stated.

Citizenship judges are only considered after rigorous examination and screening. There are a number of requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for the position.

June 18: Unprecedented Access to Immigration Data Now Available

The Canadian Government launched a new version of the Open Data Portal, an online resource that provides people with access to government statistics and other data.

According to Minister Kenney, the information about immigrants is very popular on this database and the CIC is quite excited about the newest launch.