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<p><strong>Ottawa, March 2, 2012 </strong>&mdash; Canada  continued to welcome a high number of immigrants in 2011, according to  <a href="">preliminary data</a> released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (<abbr>CIC</abbr>) today.</p>
                        <p>Canada welcomed  248,660 permanent residents in 2011, well within the Government&rsquo;s planning  range of 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents for the year and consistent  with the average of about a quarter of a million immigrants admitted to Canada  annually since 2006 – the highest sustained level of immigration in Canadian  history. </p>
              <p>&ldquo;Canada&rsquo;s  per-capita immigration rate remains one of the highest in the world,&rdquo; said  Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.  &ldquo;Immigration has always been a sustaining feature of Canada&rsquo;s history and  continues to play an important role in building our country.&rdquo;</p>
<p>In 2011, Canada welcomed  156,077 economic immigrants and 56,419 family class immigrants.</p>

<p><strong>For further information (media only), please contact:</strong></p>
                  <p>Candice Malcolm<br />
                Minister&rsquo;s Office<br />
                Citizenship and Immigration Canada<br>
                613-954-1064 </p>
                  <p>Media  Relations <br />
                Communications Branch <br />
                Citizenship and Immigration Canada<br />
                613-952-1650<br />
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                <p class="boilerplate">Building a stronger Canada: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (<abbr>CIC</abbr>) strengthens Canada&rsquo;s economic, social and cultural prosperity, helping ensure Canadian safety and security while managing one of  the largest and most generous immigration programs in the world.</p>

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