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How to Prepare for the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony

The Canadian citizenship ceremony is the final step in becoming a Canadian citizen.

For more information about the citizenship ceremony, how to become a Canadian citizen, or help with your citizenship application, contact Total Law on +1 844 290 6312, or contact us online.

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    What is the Citizenship Ceremony?

    The Canadian citizenship ceremony is the last step that all Canadian citizenship applicants must attend in order to become Canadian citizens.

    During the ceremony, you will take the Canadian Oath of Citizenship where you pledge your allegiance and loyalty to Canada. You will also sign the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship form and receive your citizenship certificate at the ceremony.

    All adults and children 14 years or older becoming Canadian citizens must attend the ceremony and take the oath. For children under 14 years old, attendance at the ceremony is optional.

    Note that due to COVID-19, in-person citizenship ceremonies may be cancelled. You may instead be invited to a video oath ceremony instead.

    How is the Citizenship Ceremony Scheduled?

    In most cases, the ceremony will take place around 3 months after you pass your citizenship test.

    You will be informed of the time, date and location of the ceremony around 1 to 2 weeks beforehand.

    If you’re unable to attend the ceremony at the date that’s been given to you, you will need to email or write to the office that sent you the notification or contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) through their web form.

    You will need to give a reasonable explanation as to why you can’t attend the ceremony on your initial date, otherwise IRCC may stop processing your citizenship application.

    You will be notified of your new ceremony date by letter or by email, if you’ve previously given it.

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      What Do I Need to Bring to the Citizenship Ceremony?

      You will need to bring the following items and documents to the ceremony:

      • Your ceremony notice
      • A signed copy of the Permission Release and Consent form (included with the notice)
      • Permanent resident card if you have one (even if it’s expired) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence
      • Record of Landing (IMM 1000) if you became a permanent resident before 28 June, 2002
      • Two pieces of personal identification:
        • One piece of ID must have your photograph and signature, such as a driver’s licence, health card or permanent resident card
        • Foreign ID documents must be government-issued (Canadian ones don’t need to be government-issued, however)
        • If the IDs are not in English or French, you must provide a translation with an affidavit from the translator
        • Note that minors are not required to show identification with a signature
      • All your passports and travel documents, current and expired, that you listed on the application form

      You may also bring a holy book of your choice if you wish to use one to swear the Oath of Citizenship.

      What Happens at the Citizenship Ceremony?

      During the citizenship ceremony, you will do the following:

      • Take the Oath of Citizenship
      • Receive your citizenship certificate
      • Sign the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship form
      • Sing the Canadian national anthem, ‘O Canada’

      The ceremony will be overseen by a citizenship judge or official, who will also lead the Oath of Citizenship. They will say the oath in both English and French, and you and the other candidates taking the oath will have to repeat the words after the ceremony official.

      You must repeat the oath in at least one of the official languages of English or French, but you may say them in both if you wish.

      There are two ways to take the oath: swearing or affirming. Swearing the oath is for those who wish to refer to their religious belief, and affirming is for people who don’t want to refer to a religious text.

      After you take the Oath of Citizenship, you’ll be a fully naturalized Canadian citizen. You’ll be given your citizenship certificate, which will display the date that you became a citizen.

      After you’re given your certificate, you will sign the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship form and sing the Canadian national anthem.

      You’ll be given the words to the oath and the national anthem in the ceremony, so you don’t have to worry about learning them off by heart.

      What is the Oath of Citizenship?

      The Oath of Citizenship is a declaration of your loyalty to the Canadian monarch and a promise to abide by the laws and customs of Canada.

      The full text of the oath in both English and French is below:

      Oath of Citizenship in English

      I swear (or affirm)

      That I will be faithful

      And bear true allegiance

      To Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second

      Queen of Canada

      Her Heirs and Successors

      And that I will faithfully observe

      The laws of Canada

      Including the Constitution

      Which recognizes and affirms

      The Aboriginal and treaty rights of

      First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples

      And fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.

      Oath of Citizenship in French

      Je jure (ou j’affirme solennellement)

      Que je serai fidèle

      Et porterai sincère allégeance

      À Sa Majesté

      La reine Elizabeth Deux

      Reine du Canada

      À ses héritiers et successeurs

      Que j’observerai fidèlement

      Les lois du Canada

      Y compris la Constitution

      Qui reconnaît et confirme les droits

      Ancestraux ou issus de traités

      Des Premières Nations, des Inuits et des Métis

      Et que je remplirai loyalement

      Mes obligations

      De citoyen canadien.

      What is the Canadian National Anthem?

      The citizenship ceremony ends with all attendants singing the Canadian national anthem, ‘O Canada’.

      There are two versions of the national anthem sung in Canadian citizenship ceremonies. In all provinces and territories except Quebec, a bilingual version that is mostly in English is sung. In Quebec, a bilingual version that is mostly in French is sung.

      The full text of the national anthem of both versions is below:

      ‘O Canada’, Bilingual English First Version

      O Canada! Our home and native land!

      True patriot love in all of us command.

      Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,

      Il sait porter la croix!

      Ton histoire est une épopée

      Des plus brillants exploits.

      God keep our land glorious and free!

      O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

      O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

      ‘O Canada’, Bilingual French First Version

      Ô Canada! Terre de nos aïeux,

      Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!

      Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,

      Il sait porter la croix!

      Ton histoire est une épopée

      Des plus brillants exploits.

      God keep our land glorious and free!

      O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

      O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

      Can I Bring my Child to the Citizenship Ceremony?

      Anyone attending a citizenship ceremony may bring their children, even if the child or children aren’t becoming citizens.

      Note that anyone attending the ceremony to become a citizen must stay in the room for the whole ceremony. If you’re bringing a young child, it’s recommended that you bring a guest with you who can take care of your child in case they need to leave the ceremony room for any reason.

      If you’re unable to arrange child care for the date of your ceremony, you may have your ceremony rescheduled to a different date.

      What Should I Wear to the Citizenship Ceremony?

      As the ceremony is pitched as a dignified and meaningful event, the recommended and appropriate dress is smart, business attire.

      You can wear traditional or religious dress and head coverings at the ceremony.

      Candidates or guests who are wearing casual hats in the ceremony may be asked by staff to take them off.

      How Can Total Law Help?

      The Canadian citizenship ceremony is an important part of the citizenship process, as it marks the beginning of your life as a newly naturalized Canadian citizen.

      If you have any questions or concerns about the Canadian citizenship ceremony, or how to become a Canadian citizen, Total Law are here to help.

      We are an expert team of immigration lawyers specialising in Canadian immigration and citizenship. We can guide you through every part of the Canadian citizenship process, from establishing your eligibility, helping to assemble your application and supporting documents, and making sure that you pass your citizenship test with confidence.

      We can also help you to obtain a Canadian passport after you become a fully naturalized Canadian citizen

      For more information about the services we offer and what we can do for you, get in touch with us on +1 844 290 6312, or contact us online today.

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