Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Flag of Canada.svg

Departments of the Government of Canada

Citizenship and Immigration
CIC Logo.png
Minister Jason Kenney
Deputy Minister Neil Yeates
Established 1994
Responsibilities Citizenship


Employees 5,000
Department Website

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is the department of the government of Canada with responsibility for issues dealing with immigration and citizenship. The department was established in 1994 following a reorganization within the federal government.

Prior to 1994 the immigration was placed under several ministries:

  • Department of Immigration and Colonization 1917 to 1936
  • Department of Mines and Resources 1936 to 1950
  • Department of Citizenship and Immigration 1950 to 1966
  • Department of Manpower and Immigration 1966 to 1977
  • Department of Employment and Immigration 1977 to 1991
  • Department of Multiculturalism and Citizenship 1991 to 1994

The current Minister of Citizenship and Immigration is Jason Kenney.



Immigration to Canada
This article is part of a series
History of immigration
Economic impact of immigration
Population by year
Ethnic origins
Immigration department
Passport Canada
Permanent Resident Card
Nationality law
History of nationality law
Citizenship Act 1946
Immigration Act, 1976
Immigration Protection Act
Citizenship Test
Oath of Citizenship
Citizenship classes
Permanent resident
Honorary citizenship
Commonwealth citizen
Temporary resident
Lost Canadians
"Canadians of convenience"
Demographics of Canada

CIC operates a large network of "Citizenship and Immigration Centres" throughout Canada and in an important number of embassies, high commissions and consulates abroad. Service Canada recently started to take over some of the domestic field operations of the department while the Canada Border Services Agency took over the control of enforcement and entry control at borders and airports.

CIC remains responsible for the establishment of policies and processing of permanent and temporary residence visa, refugee protection and citizenship applications.


CIC helps immigrants and refugees settle in Canada by funding organizations like the Canadian Caregivers Association to provide newcomers with settlement programs. These organizations are called service provider organizations.

The CIC funds the following programs through service provider organizations:

  • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada
  • Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program (called the Integrated Service Program in Alberta)
  • Host Program
  • Resettlement Assistance Program (for resettled refugees)

The services provided under these programs include the following:

  • Adult language classes in English and French
  • Information on life in Canada
  • Job searching
  • Participation in community activities
  • Access and referral to community resources

Related Legislation


The Citizenship and Immigration Canada department employs 5,000 staff. In 2006 the Canadian government reduced the landing fee per immigrant by 50%. [1]

Current Citizenship and Immigration Structure

  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
    • Deputy Minister
    • Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy
    • Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations
    • Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services
    • Assistant Deputy Minister, Client Service Modernization

See also

External links

  1. ^ [1]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.