Burlington Set to Welcome Newcomers on Canada Day

What better day to commemorate new Canadians being granted their citizenship?

This Sunday, July 1, the city will assist with a citizenship ceremony to be held at Spencer Smith Park, on the waterfront in downtown Burlington.

The ceremony, which starts at 9:00 a.m., will involve new Canadians taking their citizenship oath in the park’s gazebo.

The city has arranged for Burlington vocalist Charissa Pavlou to sing O Canada at the ceremony. Burlington's Town Crier, David Vollick, will also be present to welcome the new Canadians.

Government officials have been invited to attend, including Burlington mayor Rick Goldring, Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, and several Burlington MPs.

"At the heart of a great city is openness, inclusivity and a welcoming embrace for our new citizens,” said Mayor Goldring. “It is with great pride that I join our federal, provincial and regional partners in welcoming new Canadians on Canada Day in Burlington."

The event — hosted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada — is just one of a total of 46 citizenship ceremonies taking place across the country on July 1.

Citizenship ceremonies are the end of a typically long process of immigration for newcomers to Canada. Taking the Oath of Citizenship is a necessary legal step before citizenship can be granted.

Burlington’s ceremony will take place several hours before its official Canada Day celebration, which will run from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Spencer Smith Park.

For more information on what the city has planned for this Canada Day, residents can check here.

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