Pier 21 in Halifax Holds Citizenship Ceremony


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


Asian Heritage Month

Sharing stories of immigration across Canada, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 sets an empowering backdrop for one of ICC’s Enhanced Citizenship Ceremonies. During this ceremony, we were able to host roundtable discussions, have special guests perform, and speak – all in celebration of the new citizens. While every journey of immigration may look different, these individuals were here today sharing their excitement with one another.

On May 30, 2023, Citizenship Judge Joan Mahoney administered the oath of citizenship and celebrated 39 individuals from 17 countries as Canadian citizens.


Number of New Citizens


Number of Countries

When choosing guest speakers to join us for ceremonies, we try to highlight the themes and venues chosen. As this ceremony’s theme was celebrating Asian Heritage Month, we asked a local Halifax citizen to join us. Having immigrated to Canada from China in 2000, Wilber Huang became a Canadian citizen in 2005. Huang shares an understanding of the hardships that new citizens find during the process of immigration and the joy you can gain while building a life in Canada. His commitment to volunteering and community organizations is proof that everyday actions can make huge changes to our society.

While speaking to the new citizens, Huang relived the memories of his own citizenship ceremony from 18 years ago! So caught up in the emotion in the room, everyone in attendance felt the genuine sense of warmth and joy that surrounded them.

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.

To view photos of the Citizenship Ceremony, click here.

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

Wilber Huang

Consultant and Senior Software Engineer


Mr. Huang has actively volunteered for the Chinese Society of Nova Scotia and the local community. He has held multiple leadership positions, including executive member, secretary of the Board of Directors, president, and senior advisor of the Executive Committee.


Proper Thing!

Halifax Celtic Folk Group

Proper Thing! is a Halifax Celtic Folk group who’ve all met through work, friends, school and most notably, through music.



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