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Center expansion resonates with Canada's multicultural message

posted Jan 30, 2011, 12:42 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jan 30, 2011, 12:45 PM ]   2011-01-30 12:46:59
by Al Campbell

VANCOUVER, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Canada reiterated its commitment to a diverse society Saturday with the opening of an expanded multicultural center in Vancouver to help newly-arrived immigrants integrate into their new surroundings.

With 1.5 million Canadian dollars (1.4985 million U.S. dollars) jointly provided by the federal government, the province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver, the expansion of the Multicultural Helping House Society (MHHS) to 711 square meters from 281 square meters previously, provides much-needed facilities to help newcomers in a country currently experiencing its highest immigration figures in the past four decades.

According to Statistics Canada's 2010 third-quarter statistics, 84,200 immigrants arrived in the country during the July to September period, bringing Canada's estimated population to 34.23 million as of October 1. On average, Canada accepts about 250,000 immigrants annually

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