Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

February 19, 2010 13:03 ET

Minister Kenney Welcomes New Canadians During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2010) - A group of 45 new Canadians from 24 countries took the oath of citizenship today at a special ceremony during the 2010 Olympic Games.

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, who attended the ceremony, said he was proud to be a part of such a significant and touching event.

"Each year, approximately 170,000 people from around the world become new Canadian citizens," the Minister said. "Every time Canada welcomes a new citizen, another page of our country's story is written. Just as Canada's athletes are making their mark during the Olympics, the individuals celebrated here today will become part of Canada's vibrant history and culture."

The ceremony included special guests Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison, Olympic pairs figure skaters, and Dave Guscott, the Vancouver Organizing Committee's executive vice president, celebrations and partnerships. Held at the Government of Canada Olympic Pavilion, the citizenship ceremony celebrated the many attributes Canada is showcasing during the Games, including diversity, inclusiveness, perseverance and national pride. 

These attributes are also evident throughout Citizenship and Immigration Canada's new comprehensive citizenship study guide, entitled Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship. The guide, which is now being studied by citizenship candidates who will be tested after March 15, promotes a greater understanding of Canada's history, values, symbols and important Canadian institutions, such as Parliament and the Crown. It also highlights our country's two official languages, Aboriginal peoples, and the rich ethnic and religious diversity that has shaped our Canadian identity, as well as the sacrifices made by Canada's veterans for our country.

Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship can be downloaded or ordered for free from the CIC website at

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Alykhan Velshi
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Communications Branch
    Media Relations