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Advanced Education and Skills
June 27, 2013

Canadian Multiculturalism Day a Time to Celebrate Diversity and Opportunity

June 27 is Multiculturalism Day in Canada. Across the country, communities are joining in celebrations and activities to promote multiculturalism, acknowledge Canada's rich diversity, and collectively build prosperity.

In 2002, the Government of Canada, by Royal Proclamation, designated June 27 of each year as Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

“In this time of great opportunity, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians from all backgrounds are playing a vital role in building prosperous communities that benefit everyone,” said the Honourable Kevin O’Brien, acting Minister of Advanced Education and Skills.

Annual immigration to Newfoundland and Labrador has been increasing in recent years, reaching a high of 751 permanent resident admissions in 2012. Increases are due, in part, to the number of individuals arriving through the Provincial Nominee Program, which accounted for 49 per cent of annual immigration to the province last year.

In January, the Provincial Government announced a further commitment to cultivating conditions that enable families and communities to grow, through the development of a Population Growth Strategy. The strategy will help Newfoundland and Labrador address challenges such as a growing demand for labour, an aging population, and a declining provincial birth rate.

“The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to the promotion of inclusive citizenship, welcoming communities and cross-cultural understanding,” said Minister O’Brien. “As we prepare for Canada Day celebrations next week, we recognize today the citizens who have enriched our province by making it their chosen home.”

For more information on immigration resources in the province, please visit the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism’s redesigned website: www.nlimmigration.ca Opens in a new window.

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Media contact:
John Tompkins
Director of Communications
Department of Advanced Education and Skills

2013 06 27             11:05 a.m.

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