Citizenship and Immigration Canada's (CIC) supplementary budget estimates have been approved in principle, and are expected to provide an extra 168.5 million to bolster CIC programs and services.

The money will be directed toward reducing inventories and processing times for Canadian citizenship applications, the prevention of racism, and to reinforce the student visa program. The added subsidy is also being earmarked to strengthen partnerships with the provinces and territories, and improve integration for newly landed Canadian permanent residents.

The unanimous vote of the Standing Committee will be reported to the House, and the final vote on supplementary estimates is scheduled for December 8th.