Forty-seven citizenship ceremonies taking place across Canada
OTTAWA, June 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's Citizenship and Immigration
Minister Chris Alexander announced that with the help of a new online interactive map, individuals across Canada will be able to find a citizenship ceremony
being held on Canada Day in their area.
This year, Canada will welcome new citizens at 47 Canada Day citizenship
ceremonies across the country. Canada Day is an opportunity to reflect
on the many freedoms, rights and responsibilities that we share, and is
also an ideal time for all Canadians to reaffirm their citizenship as a
sign of pride in being Canadians. Canadians are also encouraged to use
social media to share with us how they plan to celebrate their Canadian
identity, including using the Twitter hashtag #CanadaProud.
The interactive map is one of a growing suite of online Web tools
available on Citizenship and Immigration Canada's website. These new
tools are part of the government's ongoing effort to create a more
responsive, user-friendly and efficient citizenship process.
Since 2006, Canada has enjoyed the highest sustained levels of
immigration in Canadian history - an average of a quarter million
newcomers each year.
Canada has one of the highest rates of naturalization in the world: over
85 percent of eligible permanent residents become citizens.
Since 2006, Canada has welcomed more than 1.3 million new Canadians.
So far in 2014, approximately 122,000 new citizens have joined the
"Our government is proud to welcome more new citizens to the Canadian
family. Citizenship comes with rights, responsibilities and a
commitment to Canadian values and traditions. On Canada Day, our
government encourages all Canadians to celebrate the great
opportunities and privileges that come with being Canadian."
Chris Alexander, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister