Citizenship Ceremony

Last Thursday, January 5th, my wife officially became a Canadian citizen! It was a special day for my family, knowing that for the first time, my wife can share in all the wonderful things that I have taken for granted as a Canadian citizen.

I have never attended a citizenship ceremony before. Having been born in Calgary, I had never had the need to. My parents became citizens shortly before I was born and my aunts and uncles have long since taken the oath of citizenship.

We went to the Citizenship office where roughly 40 other new Canadians were also taking their oath – apparently from 28 other countries all over the world, places like South Korea, Iran, Australia, Brazil, Spain, Britain, Philippines, Portugal, Nigeria, Ghana – people from all over the world declaring Canada as their home.

The Judge said that as a citizen we have certain responsibilities. But rather than get into specifics, she said that if each citizen loves, cherishes and protects Canada, they will have done their duty. How we do that is up to us.

Compared to other countries, for the most part, we have it really good here. We live in a country where rights of ALL people are to be respected. the 40 people who declared themseves as citizens are a testament to that.

At the end of her speech, the Judge invited all the Old Canadians to stand with the new Canadians raise our arms to the square and say:

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
and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.

Just like that 40 new people, my wife included, became Canadians.

As we walked out, my wife took one look at me and said, “I can vote now!”

She looked at her new, laminated citizenship card and also remarked, “I like my PR card better! It looks so much cooler!”.

3 Comments so far

  1. wtan (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2006 @ 12:39 am

    how long was the processing time from the application submission to knowledge test?

    from knowledge test to oath taking?

    thank you!

  2. yong_sa (unregistered) on February 5th, 2006 @ 1:37 am

    It took a little over a year from the time we sent the application to the citizenship ceremony. Of course, this didn’t include the five years she spent as a Landed immigrant!

  3. grant (unregistered) on February 6th, 2006 @ 1:53 am

    Thank you for sharing, but how long it took from the test to the oath?
    When did she take the test?

    Thank you :)

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