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The four types of Canadian citizenship ceremonies

February 29, 2024

For many newcomers arriving to Canada, their vision of the future includes one important experience: the day of their citizenship ceremony. Roughly 80% of eligible Canadian permanent residents chose to pursue citizenship in 2021; and attended a citizenship ceremony to formalise their new status.

Citizenship ceremonies are momentous occasions that happen every day in Canada—an important ritual that commemorates an individual’s commitment to their new home nation, and the nation’s commitment to them in-turn.

Due to the constant occurrence of citizenship ceremonies, and the introduction of online provisions, there are now multiple kinds of citizenship ceremonies that new Canadians can participate in. More specifically these are:

Standard ceremonies;
Enhanced ceremonies;
Private ceremonies; and
Reaffirmation ceremonies.