Pier 21 Celebrates Canada Day with Citizenship Ceremony


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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Canada Day

This Canada Day, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a special event took place—an Enhanced Citizenship Ceremony! Families and friends gathered in support of the individuals taking this significant step in their lives. The atmosphere was alive with joy and camaraderie, embodying the spirit of Canada.

Citizenship Judge Joan Mahoney administered the oath of citizenship and celebrated 30 individuals from 13 countries as Canadian citizens on July 1, 2023.


Number of New Citizens


Number of Countries

During ICC’s Enhanced Citizenship Ceremonies, we host roundtable discussions that bring new citizens and their guests together. Sharing stories and making connections helps community members bond over the special occasion that is their new citizenship. One participant shared:

“The ability to vote and being able to share what I feel openly is the reason I chose Canada.”

This discussion reinforced the idea that being Canadian goes beyond a mere legal status. It encompasses shared values, respect for diversity, and a commitment to building a better future together. New citizens now have the privilege and responsibility of contributing to their new home in so many ways. Joining the ranks of millions who have come before them, each person can now shape the fabric of Canadian society.

As the festivities came to a close, the new citizens embarked on their journey with newfound rights, responsibilities, and the enduring spirit of being Canadian. This memorable event will be etched on their hearts as a symbol of their integration into Canada and a beacon of hope for future generations.

To view photos of the Citizenship Ceremony, click here.

With ICC’s Enhanced Citizenship Ceremonies, established Canadians have the ability to connect with new citizens building stronger community relationships. If you are interested in volunteering as a roundtable host at one of our ceremonies, please contact ceremonies@inclusion.ca.

Finally, thank you to the guests and performers that participated in this event. For more information, click on their profiles below.

Marie Chapman

CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21


Marie Chapman is CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. She was appointed CEO in 2011, as the organization transitioned to become one of Canada’s six national museums. In 2015, she oversaw a renovation that doubled the Museum’s size.


ScotianAires Chorus

A Cappella Chorus

The ScotianAires Chorus is an award-winning women’s a cappella chorus specializing in four-part harmony in the barbershop style. Directed by Sue Kember, its 60+ members are a diverse group of women of all ages from across the Halifax Regional Municipality.



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