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Citizenship Week in Canada | What happened?

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Citizenship Week in Canada | What happened?

Jade Calver

In the past 10 years, Canada has welcomed over 1.75 million proud new Canadians. Every year in October, Canadians take the time to celebrate the rights and responsibilities shared by citizens in Canada. This week is also a great opportunity to welcome new Canadians. Citizenship Week is a great opportunity to welcome new Canadians.

This Citizenship Week was a time to celebrate being Canadian and the strength and freedom of our country and its people. It was also a special time to welcome our newest members into the Canadian family. Achieving Canadian citizenship is not only deeply personal, it’s also an important step that allows immigrants to gain a deeper sense of belonging to our country, and to become more active members of our society.
— The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

What happened?

During this year’s citizenship week, 6442 people became new Canadians at 72 special citizenship ceremonies across Canada. This month also marked the one year anniversary of Bill C-6 - an amendment to the Citizenship Act, which allows qualified applicants to obtain Canadian citizenship faster.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) started the week with a special ceremony involving the Minister of IRCC, Ahmed Hussen. The Honourable went to the top of the CN Tower with six new Canadians to take the oath of citizenship while harnessed on the EdgeWalk. Several other ceremonies of the sort took place throughout the week all across Canada. On October 11th, a similar ceremony took place on the Vancouver Lookout and on October 12th, at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

According to a media release from the Government of Canada, “By the end of October 2018, an estimated 152,000 people will have obtained Canadian citizenship since the changes came into effect, an increase of 40 percent, compared to the 108,000 people who obtained citizenship in the same period the year before.

Watch the Honourable Ahmed Hussen’s Citizenship Week Message

Did you celebrate citizenship week? Tell us what you did!


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