Building Citizenship

ICC Enhanced Citizenship Ceremonies are a celebration of the newest members of the Canadian family and offer unique opportunities to reflect on what it means to be active, engaged citizens.

Our Enhanced Citizenship Ceremonies reflect on what it means to be Canadian and the value of active citizenship and inclusion. Hosted across the country, ICC Enhanced Citizenship Ceremonies celebrate the plethora of cultures and languages that constitute Canada. 

350+  

ceremonies hosted

14,000+  

new Canadians sworn in

4,324

roundtable hosts

6,500  

volunteers

Commitment to
Reconciliation

We acknowledge the history of colonization in Canada, including the ways in which colonial systems and intergenerational trauma continue to impact Indigenous peoples today. We commit to working towards reconciliation and to building better relationships in the future.  

Past Highlights

Photos: Ice Hotel, February 21

ICC community citizenship ceremonies are a celebration of Canada’s newest citizens and offer unique opportunities to reflect on what it means to be active, engaged citizens. We were thrilled to […]

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Building Citizenship
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Photos: University of Calgary, March 13

ICC community citizenship ceremonies are a celebration of Canada’s newest citizens and offer unique opportunities to reflect on what it means to be active, engaged citizens. We were thrilled to […]

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Building Citizenship
Ceremony Photos

Photos: Hangar Flight Museum, February 13

ICC community citizenship ceremonies are a celebration of Canada’s newest citizens and offer unique opportunities to reflect on what it means to be active, engaged citizens. We were thrilled to […]

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Building Citizenship
Ceremony Photos

Photos: National Gallery of Canada, March 8

ICC community citizenship ceremonies are a celebration of Canada’s newest citizens and offer unique opportunities to reflect on what it means to be active, engaged citizens. We were thrilled to […]

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Building Citizenship
Ceremony Photos

Photos: Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, 8 mars

Les cérémonies de citoyenneté communautaires de l’ICC organisées en l’honneur des nouveaux citoyens du Canada offrent une occasion unique de réfléchir à ce que signifie une citoyenneté active et engagée. […]

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Photos: Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, 8 mars

Les cérémonies de citoyenneté communautaires de l’ICC organisées en l’honneur des nouveaux citoyens du Canada offrent une occasion unique de réfléchir à ce que signifie une citoyenneté active et engagée. […]

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Ceremony Photos

Photos: McGill University, February 19

ICC community citizenship ceremonies are a celebration of Canada’s newest citizens and offer unique opportunities to reflect on what it means to be active, engaged citizens. We were thrilled to […]

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Building Citizenship
Ceremony Photos

Photos: Artscape Daniels Launchpad, January 29

ICC community citizenship ceremonies are a celebration of Canada’s newest citizens and offer unique opportunities to reflect on what it means to be active, engaged citizens. We were thrilled to […]

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Ceremony Photos

Photos: Artscape Daniels Launchpad, January 29

ICC community citizenship ceremonies are a celebration of Canada’s newest citizens and offer unique opportunities to reflect on what it means to be active, engaged citizens. We were thrilled to […]

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Ceremony Photos

Rochelle Ivri

Citizenship Judge

“What I like about ICC Ceremonies… is being able to hear stories of people’s perseverance, their reasons for coming to Canada, what they appreciate about Canada and what they’ve learned since they’ve been here, and how they’ve been able to contribute to Canada. It sets a really beautiful tone for what it means to be Canadian.”

Meet our guests

Brenda Wastasecoot | Indigenous Assistant Professor

Brenda Wastascoot works with faculty at the University of Toronto to better reflect the historic truth and to open doors to reconciliation. Dr. Wastasecoot’s doctoral dissertation is title: “Showing and Telling the Story of Nikis: Arts Based Auto-ethnographic Journeying of a Cree Adult Educator.”

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Lauren Barron | Artist & Art Educator

Laura Barrón is a Mexican-Canadian photo- and video-based artist and arts educator. She holds an MFA in Visual Arts from York University and a BFA from UNAM. Since 1995, her work has been exhibited and published in several countries. Through the examination of territory, geography, and cartography, her work seeks to create relationships between memory and place, landscape and presence. Laura emigrated from Mexico to Canada in 2003. 

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Peace Akintade | Public Speaker, Poet & Activist

Peace Akintade is an African Canadian Interdisciplinary Poet, Public Speaker, and Thespian residing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Former Saskatchewan Youth Poet Laureate, and board member of Tonight it’s Poetry Community, her poems touch on the impact of slavery in her village, colorism, growing up in Kuwait, Nigeria, and Canada, and relearning her culture in the face of colonization.  

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This program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Conferring citizenship is the sole purview of the Government of Canada through the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Contact IRCC for any questions about the citizenship or immigration process.