OTTAWA, June 17, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Join Canada's newest Canadians at one of 44 Canada Day citizenship ceremonies taking place across Canada this July 1st. Use Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's online interactive map to find a ceremony near you.
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, and in partnership with Parks Canada, the Fort LangleyNational Historic Site and the Rideau Canal National Historic Site in downtown Ottawa are among the many places hosting special citizenship ceremonies this Canada Day.
"Canada is celebrated around the world for its freedom, democracy, inclusion and diversity," said Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister, John McCallum. "This Canada Day, I encourage you to come to one of our Citizenship Ceremonies to celebrate being and becoming Canadian -- and to welcome the newest members of our family. More than one in five Canadians were born outside Canada. This is our strength and a source of great pride. Please join us in celebrating it."
- Citizenship ceremonies are the end of a long process of immigration, settlement and integration for a newcomer to Canada. Ceremonies are a moving and emotional celebration as well as a necessary legal step to citizenship.
- Canada is a land of immigrants, made up of over 200 ethnic origins, with thirteen of those ethnic groups having Canadian populations over one million.
- In 2015, 252,000 people became Canadian citizens.
- Those attending a ceremony will have the opportunity to reaffirm their own citizenship.
Photos of Minister McCallum available at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/photos/index.asp
SOURCE Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
For further information: Minister's Office, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 613-954-1064; Media Relations, Communications Branch, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 613-952-1650, [email protected]