Canada column for Sunday, Dec. 28/14
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Canada’s diverse multi-cultural mix added a record number of new citizens this year.
More than 260,000 people became Canadians during 2014 – more than in any year in Canada’s history and more than double the number last year.
With these new citizens “embracing Canadian values and traditions, we are fulfilling our commitment to reducing backlogs and improving processing times,” said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.
Recent changes to the Citizenship Act streamlined the application process, he said.
Since that time, more than 115,000 people have become Canadian citizens, a 90-percent increase from the same period in 2013.
As well, the citizenship application backlog has been reduced by 17 percent since June to its lowest level in almost three years, Alexander said.