OTTAWA - Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for girls' education and the target of a Taliban assassination attempt, will be made an honorary Canadian citizen.

A senior government source confirms that Wednesday’s throne speech will confer the honour on the 16-year-old international figure.

Yousafzai was shot in the head in her native Pakistan by the Taliban in October, 2012 while she was on a bus going home from school.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with Yousafzai in New York on Sept. 26 where she discussed her efforts to promote education for women and girls.

Harper also invited her to visit Canada.

Yousafzai, who now lives in England with her family, was the youngest ever nominee last week for the Nobel Peace Prize, which was won by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Her memoir, ”I am Malala'' was published last week.

Yousafzai will become only the sixth international figure to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. The honour was previously bestowed on Nelson Mandela, Raoul Wallenberg, the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi and the Aga Khan.

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  • Malala Yousafzai signs United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's guest books as Ban Ki-moon, center, and youth delegates look on, Friday, July 12, 2013 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, listens as Malala Yousafzai, right, addresses the ‘Malala Day’ Youth Assembly, Friday, July 12, 2013 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • Malala Yousafzai poses for photographers before a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and youth delegates, Friday, July 12, 2013 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, applauds as the members of the ‘Malala Day’ Youth Assembly wish Malala Yousafzai, center, a happy birthday, Friday, July 12, 2013 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • Malala Yousafzai's holds a copy of the United Nations charter presented to her by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Friday, July 12, 2013 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • Former Birtish Prime Minister Gordon Brown, left, introduces Malala Yousafzai, third from left, background, during the ‘Malala Day’ Youth Assembly, Friday, July 12, 2013 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • In this photo provided by the United Nations Foundation, Malala Yousafzai celebrates her 16th birthday by addressing hundreds of young leaders who support the United Nation’s Secretary General's Global Education First Initiative, during 'Malala Day' at United Nations Headquarters, Friday, July 12, 2013. (AP Photos/United Nations Foundation, Stuart Ramson)

  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, holds Malala Yousafzai's hand while posing for photographers, Friday, July 12, 2013 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)