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February is Black History Month.
I was delighted to be with my colleagues in Ottawa, celebrating Black History Month themed “Black Canadian Women: Stories of Strength, Courage and Vision”. Our Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, was joined by the Hon. Ahmed Hussen and MPs Celina Caesar-Chavannes and MP Greg Fergus, not only for the perfect opportunity to celebrate the successes and contributions of Black Canadians, but also to take action on the systemic challenges facing Black Canadians. Thanks to the Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage for bringing us all together.
Celebrating Canadian Black History
On Wednesday, February 21st 2018, join me and other panelists at Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre – NYCE Lounge, 3650 Dixie Road, Mississauga ON (South-West corner of Dixie and Burnhamthorpe) | Time: 4pm-7pm
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Encouraging Women in STEM
Only 22% of all Canadians working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are women.
Take action to encourage women to join the STEM field to help ensure a bright future for Canadian women and our future workforce.
There’s never been a better time for women to start their journey into STEM.
Learn more at: Canada.ca/ChooseScience
Building a Youth Policy for Canada
The Government of Canada wants to make this commitment and create a Youth Policy that will be a tool to help achieve goals that are important to youth and that will have a meaningful, long-lasting impact for all young Canadians.
Learn more at: YouthAction.ca
You may also be interested in learning more about the wide range of Government of Canada youth services and initiatives that already exist: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/youth.html
Did you know?
According to Statistics Canada, “Similar to other countries, Canada’s youth represent
a smaller share of the population than in the past.”
Announcing Significant Progress on Family Reunification
When our government took office, we said that we would make family reunification one of our core immigration policies. On February 14, 2018, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced:
- We have met our goal of cutting processing time in half for spousal applications for 82% of clients
- We have also cleared the backlog by 80%
Travel Advice & Advisories: Travel Safe While You Are Abroad
Travel Advice and Advisories provide Canadians with official information and advice from the Government of Canada on situations that may affect their safety and well-being abroad. They may include an advisory for a country or region where security conditions put Canadians at heightened risk. Travel Advice and Advisories help Canadians make their own informed decisions in order to minimize risk while travelling abroad.
Learn more at: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories
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Member of Parliament, Mississauga East-Cooksville
918 Dundas Street East, Suite 303, Mississauga ON L4Y 4H9
Phone (905) 566-0009 | Fax (905) 566-0017 | Email Peter.Fonseca@parl.gc.ca