A Special Moment to celebrate: officially becoming a Canadian Citizenship

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Getting citizenship in a new nation is a remarkable accomplishment that leaves one feeling accomplished and strongly bonded to the new country. The citizenship ceremony is the last stage in the process of formally becoming a citizen of Canada. 

Obtaining Canadian citizenship is not an easy feat. A number of conditions must be met by immigrants, such as residency, language ability, and familiarity with Canadian culture and history. Applicants eagerly await the conclusion of their efforts at the citizenship ceremony after overcoming these obstacles.

Due to the regular occurrence of citizenship ceremonies and the advent of online resources, newly arrived Canadians can now choose from a variety of citizenship ceremonies. To be more particular, these are:

  • Standard ceremonies;

A typical in-person ceremony is held in the ceremony room of the local (IRCC) office, or if the local office venue is not available or cannot accommodate the number of participants, it is held at a different location. As an alternative, this can also be completed online through a typical video oath ceremony that uses software for video conferences.

  • Enhanced ceremonies;

An enhanced ceremony is one that consists of a standard ceremony plus one or more of the following components:

  • One or more external collaborators or host organizations, such as any level of government (Parks Canada, for example), non-profits (Institute for Canadian Citizenship), educational institutions, or service organizations (Lions Club of Toronto);
  •  special guests, like the principal of the school, the president of the host organization, special performers (poetry readers, singers, dancers), and Indigenous artists (Indigenous dancer, drummer, or singer; not to be confused with an Indigenous speaker who offers a prayer, greetings, and congrats) are invited;
  • High-ranking officials, such as the prime minister of Canadian Citizenship, the minister of IRCC, the governor-general, a lieutenant governor, a commissioner of the territories, a designated speaker, excluding elected officials, veterans, members of the RCMP, members of the CAF, and Indigenous speakers; and/or
  • A reception (ceremonies held in person only).
  • Private ceremonies; 

Private ceremonies are those that are held for a particular family or person and are not open to the public. These can be carried out in particular circumstances.

  • Reaffirmation ceremonies

Reaffirmation ceremonies are formal events where patriotic Canadians pledge their allegiance to their country by reciting the citizenship oath.

Citizenship Week is an annual event held by Immigration, Refugees, and Canadian Citizenship (IRCC) to honor recent immigrants to Canada and the essence of citizenship. Last year it was conducted from May 22nd to May 28th, 2023, the minister attended citizenship ceremonies in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Everyone was invited to celebrate citizenship week who were already in line for the ceremonies held during these days. Canadians were also able to join the live stream from Halifax on May 24th, 2023.

IRCC is investing to modernise its services and has achieved significant progress in the area of citizenship.

What Happens during the Ceremony

The participants are obliged to take an oath of Citizenship where a participant pledges allegiance and loyalty to Canadian Citizenship. The participants are also required to sign the oath or affirmation of Citizenship form and finally receive their citizenship certificate. To enter the ceremony a participant must bring their PR card and foreign ID documents, they also need to bring ceremony notice. 

The Canadian citizenship ceremony celebrates diversity, unity, and the shared ideals that unite people from all over the world into a unified Canadian identity—it is more than just a formality. With the unfolding of the maple leaf and the swearing-in ceremony, newly naturalized citizens begin a new phase of their lives and add to the colorful tapestry that is Canada.

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