Over 100 people from approximately 34 countries became Canadian citizens today at a ceremony in wintery Charlottetown.
Charlottetown-Lewis Point MLA Kathleen Casey, speaking on behalf of Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allen Roach, said the new citizens bring a diversity of skills and experiences to Prince Edward Island.
Casey said that accelerating economic growth depends on the province’s ability to increase its population and meet the labour market needs of the future. She said since 2007, the population has increased by 5.6 per cent, or 7,500 people, the second highest rate of growth in Canada. The average Canadian growth in population is 4.7 per cent.
“As well as bringing their skills and experiences, new Canadians also enrich the cultural fabric of our province," said Casey. “To those who have received their Canadian citizenship today, I extend my best wishes for their continued success.”