Media Advisory - Special Citizenship Ceremony at the Supreme Court of Canada

Commemorating 70th Anniversary of the First Canadian Citizenship Ceremony in 1947

OTTAWA, Dec. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - In celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Canadian Citizenship Act, and the first ever Canadian citizenship ceremony, the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship will host a special citizenship ceremony in the same location as the ceremony of 1947- the Supreme Court of Canada. This ceremony marks the first in a series of enhanced citizenship ceremonies celebrating Canada 150 in 2017.

The first Canadian Citizenship Act came into force on January 1, 1947, marking the beginning of Canadian citizenship as a legal status. On January 3, 1947, 26 candidates, including Prime Minister Mackenzie King, received Canadian citizenship at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Time: 1:30 p.m. (local time)

Supreme Court of Canada
301 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0J1

Notes for media:

  • Journalists who are not members of the National Press Gallery will require accreditation from the Press Gallery in advance. For more information, contact Marc Fortier at


SOURCE Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

For further information: (media only): Media Relations, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, National Headquarters, 613-952-1650,


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