Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

October 14, 2010 15:12 ET

Minister Kenney Hosts Vancouver Town Hall on Marriages of Convenience

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2010) - A town hall meeting on the issue of marriage fraud, also known as "marriages of convenience," is being held tonight in Vancouver, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

This is the second in a series of cross-country town hall meetings the Minister is hosting on this issue.

"I want to hear people's views and experiences related to marriages of convenience and their opinions and ideas on how best to address them," said Minister Kenney. "I believe that we can sometimes get the best ideas from the grass-roots. That's why we're doing these consultations."

Another town hall meeting on this issue is planned for Montreal later this month.

To complement the town hall meetings, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recently launched online consultations on marriage fraud. The national online questionnaire is available on CIC's website at and is open until November 3 for public input.

Minister Kenney raised immigration fraud issues during his recent visit to China, India and the Philippines, the top three sources of immigrants to Canada. There, he discussed opportunities for collaboration in combating immigration fraud, including the use of marriages of convenience to circumvent Canada's immigration laws. Canada is also working closely with India to put a stop to the operations of fraudsters in the Punjab region.

Information collected through the town hall meetings and online consultations will help inform future actions taken by the Government of Canada to address marriage fraud.

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