The ICC’s First In-Person Citizenship Ceremony of 2023 at the VIA Rail Station in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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VIA Rail station in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Education and Learning Worlds of Differences

On January 31st, 2023, we were privileged to host our first in-person Enhanced Citizenship Ceremony of 2023 at the VIA Rail station in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A historic venue that served as one of the primary methods new immigrants used to migrate within Canada during the immigration boom of the early 20th century.

Citizenship Judge Joan Mahoney administered the oath of citizenship and welcomed 48 new citizens from 13 countries as Canadian citizens.


Number of New Citizens


Number of Countries

The enhanced ceremony featured our signature roundtable discussion, inspired by Indigenous Talking Circles – talking circles are traditionally spaces of inclusiveness and equality. Following the roundtable discussions, the share back portion of the day saw the soon-to-be new citizens speak of their journey to citizenship. Many reflected on the changes that had occurred during their journey, from growing their families to starting new businesses within Canada. The roundtable discussions truly encompassed the ceremony’s theme of Education and Learning Worlds of Differences.

During the shareback portion of the ceremony, a new citizen shared her first memories in Canada. She did not know much about Canada before immigrating to the country but quickly learned how welcoming the country was. She recalled feeling accepted everywhere she went due to strangers smiling at her, saying good morning on the street and welcoming her when she entered a building.

To view photos of the citizenship ceremony can be found here. 

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