Canada's tourism industry received some good news this week when record numbers of tourism visas were confirmed for the year to date. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has asked for some appreciation for his efforts, but not for his work in boosting tourism.
Approximately half a million tourists have entered the country on a Canada visa so far this year, and only 10% of the total number of tourists even need a visa yet Mr Kenney feels he deserves the people's gratitude for his work in clamping down on refugees' rights.
Canadian immigration figures have shown a marked increase in the number of tourists visiting the country compared to last year...read more.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has set up an online petition asking for signatures to thank him for his work limiting health care benefits to refugees...read more.
Tourism boom as Canada visa numbers break records
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Canada visa figures have shown a marked increase in the number of tourists visiting the country compared to last year.
The latest figures show as many as 500,000 people Canada visa approvals so far this year, up from 450,000 to the same period last year and the country is aiming to break a million by the end of the year.
Tourism in Canada is driven by its large, attractive and crime free cities and its abundant natural beauty; Immigration Minister Jason says it is therefore no surprise that so many people are choosing to visit.
"Canada is the best country in the world, so it not surprising that so many people want to visit our country," said Mr Kenney.
"Our country’s vibrant cities and remote wilderness are a draw for Canadians and international travellers alike."
Canadian immigration authorities were quick to point out that while the 500,000 visas granted so far this year represent a welcome boost to the tourism industry, the figures do not include more than 50 countries, or 90% of the total number of visitors, who can visit Canada for tourism purposes without a visa.
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Canadian immigration minister asks for pat on the back
Mr Kenney has started a
petition for himself.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has set up an online petition asking for signatures to thank him for his work limiting health care benefits to refugees.
Mr Kenney has made radical changes to the Canadian immigration system including putting a hold on new Canada visa applications and limiting the ability for refugee applicants to claim healthcare benefits.
The minister claims that his changes are necessary to reduce the burden on the Canadian taxpayer and implement a Canadian immigration system which is capable of responding to the changing needs of the country; he also maintains the changes made to refugee status only bring the healthcare options available to refugee applicants in line with what Canadian citizens are entitled to.
While the moves have invited significant criticism from plenty of corners, Mr Kenney feels he deserves thanking for his hard work and a petition has been set up on his personal website inviting people to sign and praise the minister.
"We, the undersigned, thank Jason Kenney for his efforts to streamline benefits afforded to refugees [sic] claimants under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) and bring them in line with the benefits received by tax-paying Canadians, including new Canadians," reads the petition.
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- Dominic Ladden-Powell is the Online Editor for the Canadian Visa Bureau.
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