New citizenship study guide to help newcomers and Canadians better understand Canada
On November 12, 2009, a new, more comprehensive guide for Canadian citizenship was launched by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship promotes a greater understanding of Canadian history and institutions in both immigrants and Canadian citizens alike. It contains information on common values such as freedom, human rights, democracy, equality, the rule of law, the contribution of ethnic minorities and the sacrifices made by veterans for our country.
"People come from all over the world to seek Canadian citizenship. It is highly valued," said Minister Kenney. "We expect people who want to become Canadians to have a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities, and the values and institutions that are rooted in Canada's history. By strengthening the guide, we are increasing the value of Canadian citizenship."
A panel of prominent Canadian's was consulted in the study guide's development. It was also reviewed by many well known organizations involved in citizenship promotion.
According to reviews, the guide is more comprehensive, focuses on the "bilingual and bicultural nature of Canada", and provides more historical context than any previous editions.
Citizenship applicants scheduled for a test or an interview before the end of February 2010 should read the old study guide, A Look at Canada, which will continue to be available on the CIC website. Those who take the test, or who have an interview in March 2010 or later, should study Discover Canada.