Canada: The multi-lingual country

Each year, hundreds and thousands of immigrants settle in Canada – effectively shaping and increasing the cultural and ethnic diversity in the country. However, as recent data suggest, immigration is also influencing the linguistic trends across the nation. Statistics Canada’s latest release of data from the 2011 Census revealed that 20 per cent of the […]

Canadians to be issued new ePassports in 2013 that tighten security and highlight history

10 years after the revised recommended practices by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Canada will finally be issuing new electronic Canadian passports (or ePassports), in the spring of 2013. The new ePassport will feature an electronic chip—embedded in the back cover of the book—which enhances the passport’s current safety mechanisms.  The chip stores the […]

Ontarians honoured with medal for good citizenship

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2012 Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship!  On October 18, 2012 thirteen Ontarians were formally honoured with the recognition of having made exceptional long-term contributions to their communities at Queen’s Park. The Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship was created in 1973 for the purpose of recognizing Ontarians who have made […]

New immigration exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver

The phenomenal impact immigration has had on Vancouver is unmistakable.  And now folks from all over the world can share in the celebration of the City’s success. From October 18, 2012 to January 6, 2013, patrons of the Museum of Vancouver can visit the museum’s new exhibit, Untold Stories: History of Immigrants in Vancouver, where […]

What defines a “Canadian Citizen”? Survey reports

Most of us may remember the facetious and widely-acclaimed book entitled, How to Be a Canadian (written by the award-winning Ferguson brothers, Will and Ian), that gave non-Canadians an inside look into our northern culture, while reminding Canadians of their whimsical, yet inherent, nature. Sure, Canadians, may talk funny, over-apologize at inappropriate times, and passionately […]

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