Canadian immigration issues record number of visitor visas

Canadian immigration announced they have issued a record number of visitor visas this year with over 500,000 issued since the start of 2012. This same time last year, Canada had issued 450,000 visitor visas to foreigners visiting the country.

These numbers do not take into account the number of citizens traveling from countries who do not require visas to come to Canada. Canadian immigration estimates nearly ninety percent of visitors to Canada come from countries who do not require a visa. Citizens of countries like Australia, the UK, the US, and New Zealand do not require visas to visit Canada.

"Canada is the best country in the world, so it is not surprising that so many people want to visit our country," said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. "Our country's vibrant cities and remote wilderness are a draw for Canadians and international travellers alike."

Canadian immigration said that since Canada's tourist season is now in full swing, they expect to issue over one million visas by the end of the year.

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