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Immigration measures to speed up immigration and citizenship process will strengthen and help communities says national ethnocultural organization

Ottawa, April 19, 2005
The Canadian Ethnocultural Council (CEC) welcomes the announcements made by the Hon. Joe Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to initiate measures to speed up family reunification, to improve opportunities for international students to work and live in Canada and to reduce processing time for granting citizenship applications.

"By focusing on family reunification, allowing international students to work off-campus while at school and by reducing the processing time for granting citizenship to newcomers to Canada, they can feel that they are part of a greater Canadian family. In return, our social and economic fabric will also benefit", said Oleh Romaniw, President of the CEC. "This is a step in the right direction. I am pleased to see that the federal immigration strategy is moving towards a more compassionate and caring way. Bringing families together strengthens our communities. This is part of who we are as a country and I am pleased that the federal government recognizes this", concluded Mr Romaniw.

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For more information contact Anna Chiappa, Executive Director,
Canadian Ethnocultural Council,
(613) 230 - 3867, fax (613) 230-8051 or
Or website www.ethnocultural.ca

The Canadian Ethnocultural Council is a coalition of over 30 national ethnocultural organizations which in turn represent over 2,000 local chapters across Canada. Its mandate is to work towards the elimination of racism and to promote the understanding of the multicultural reality of Canada as defined in The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and The Canadian Multiculturalism Act.

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