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‘Welcome to Canada’ official handbook to assist immigrants

Subtitled “What you should know” the new guide for immigrants in Canada was released this week by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

The 143-page document covers a wide range of topics from making a telephone call, to healthcare, and employment in Canada.

As numerous observers have remarked, the new guide (the last one was released in 1997, a Citizen guide was released in 2011), highlights the Royal Family, and the fact Canada is a constitutional monarchy. Numerous photos of the Royals accompany the text.

The guide also warns newcomers: “Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, honour killings, female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence. Those guilty of these crimes are severely punished under Canada’s criminal laws.”

The guide also highlights some immigrant success stories.

“Our Government is committed to ensuring newcomers to Canada integrate and succeed in the Canadian economy and society as soon as possible,” said Minister Kenney at the official launch of the guide in Vancouver.

More information:
Welcome to Canada press release – here
Welcome to Canada, text, pdf etc – here
Globe and Mail – “New immigration guide issues stern warnings against ‘barbaric’ practices” – here

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