Québec City1608-2008: 400 years of immigration
Québec City’s 400th anniversary provides an exceptional opportunity to commemorate the founding of Canada. Over the course of the past four centuries, immigration has played a dominant role in the development of Québec City, Canada, and North America. The culture, economy, and landscape as we know it have also been shaped by immigrants from around the world.
Since 1869, Canada’s immigration programs have helped build a community of citizens that garners world-wide respect. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), brings together the government's immigration and citizenship services in order to promote the specific ideals shared by all Canadians and to help build a stronger Canada.
- Admit immigrants, foreign students, visitors and temporary workers who contribute to Canada’s economic and social growth;
- Resettle, protect, and provide a safe haven for refugees;
- Help newcomers adapt to Canadian society and become Canadian citizens;
- Manage access to Canada to protect the security and health of Canadians and the integrity of Canadian laws.
As part of this historic anniversary, CIC will organize a number of special citizenship ceremonies during Québec City’s 400th anniversary celebrations.
What's been done
July 1 citizenship ceremony at the Centre des congrès de Québec
Join us for a special ceremony commemorating Canada Day and Québec City’s 400th anniversary on July 1, 2008, at the Centre des congrès de Québec, 1000 René-Lévesque Blvd. East, Québec City, at 4:00 p.m. During this ceremony, 400 individuals from all continents will become Canadian citizens.
CIC, past and present
In 2007 alone, Canada welcomed 429,649 permanent residents, temporary workers and foreign students.