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2023년 9월 22일
Guide to Canada

How to Prepare for Your Canadian Citizenship Ceremony

An overview of the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony process, including its significance, types, and the shift to virtual ceremonies in 2023.

How to Prepare for Your Canadian Citizenship Ceremony

What is the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony?

The Canadian citizenship ceremony is the final milestone for all aspiring Canadian citizens. It is a mandatory step that applicants must complete to obtain Canadian citizenship.

During this solemn event, participants undertake the Canadian Oath of Citizenship. This Canadian citizenship oath represents a profound commitment to Canada, symbolizing one's allegiance and loyalty. In addition to taking the Canadian citizenship oath, individuals will affix their signature to the Canadian citizenship Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship form. Furthermore, each participant will be presented with their official citizenship certificate as part of the ceremony.

It's important to note that for individuals aged 14 and above who are on the path to Canadian citizenship, attending the ceremony and taking the Canadian citizenship oath are compulsory. However, attendance at the ceremony is optional for children under the age of 14.

Scheduling your Canadian Citizenship Ceremony

In most instances, the citizenship oath ceremony will be scheduled approximately 4 to 6 months after successfully passing the citizenship test. However, if you have passed the test and have not received your ceremony invitation within the specified 6-month period, several factors may be at play:
  • Your application could be categorized as non-routine.
  • Additional information, documents, or an extended review period may be required for your application.

Here's what to expect when it comes to receiving your ceremony invitation:

You can anticipate receiving the invitation approximately 1 to 2 weeks before the scheduled ceremony. This invitation will include essential details such as:

  • The specific time and date of the ceremony.
  • The Zoom link for those participating in a Canadian citizenship oath ceremony virtual.
  • The location details for those attending an in-person ceremony.

It's important to mention that most applicants are invited to participate in a video oath ceremony starting in 2023.

To stay informed about the progress of your application, we encourage you to check your application status regularly. If the "Citizenship ceremony" section on the citizenship status tracker displays an "In progress" status, this indicates that:

  • Your ceremony has been scheduled.
  • The invitation is en route to you, either by email or mail.

What will happen at the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony?

  1. Recite the Oath of Citizenship: You will solemnly recite the Oath of Citizenship, solidifying your commitment to Canada.
  2. Receive Your Citizenship Certificate: You will be presented with your citizenship certificate, a concrete testament to your Canadian citizenship.
  3. Affix Your Signature to the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship Form: You will sign the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship form, further confirming your pledge to uphold the values of Canada.
  4. Sing the National Anthem, "O Canada": Together with your fellow participants, you will have the opportunity to sing the national anthem, "O Canada," celebrating your new status as Canadian citizens.

Types of Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies

Standard ceremonies

A typical in-person ceremony takes place in a designated ceremony room at the local office, or alternatively, at an off-site location chosen when the local office's ceremony room is either unavailable or unsuitable. Conversely, a standard Canadian citizenship oath ceremony virtual is conducted through online platforms employing video conference meeting software.

Enhanced ceremonies

An enhanced ceremony is conducted when it incorporates one or more of the following elements:

  • Involvement of external partners or host organizations, including non-profit groups, educational institutions, or government entities.
  • Special guest appearances, featuring figures like organizational presidents, school principals, or special performers, such as poets, singers, dancers, and Indigenous artists.
  • The presence of high-ranking officials like the prime minister, the minister of IRCC, the governor-general, lieutenant governors, or commissioners of territories.
  • The inclusion of a designated speaker, with the exclusion of elected officials, veterans, RCMP members, CAF members, and Indigenous speakers.
  • A reception, exclusively applicable to in-person ceremonies, provides an additional celebratory aspect to the event.

Private ceremonies

Private ceremonies can be arranged under specific circumstances, which include:

  • The issuance of a special grant under subsection 5(4) (special cases) of the Citizenship Act.
  • Cases involving terminally ill candidates who are unable to travel.
  • Other situations that are deemed urgent or involve extenuating circumstances.

To conduct the Canadian citizenship oath and distribute certificates during a private Canadian citizenship ceremony, prior approval from the Registrar of Canadian Citizenship is mandatory. Citizenship staff should initiate the approval process by contacting NHQ (available internally only) to make the necessary request.

Reaffirmation ceremonies

A reaffirmation ceremony is an official occasion where Canadian citizens reiterate the Canadian citizenship oath of citizenship, reaffirming their dedication to Canada. It's open to anyone who wishes to organize such an event in their community, workplace, or school. Importantly, the individual responsible for leading the group in reciting the citizenship oath does not need approval from the Registrar of Citizenship to fulfill this role.

This individual can include a citizenship judge, a recipient of the Order of Canada, a school principal, or a community group leader.

Video oath ceremony (virtual Canadian citizenship ceremony)

For successful Canadian citizenship applications, the majority of applicants will receive an invitation to participate in a video oath ceremony, often referred to as a virtual Canadian citizenship ceremony.

The invitation will provide you with essential information, including:

  • The scheduled date and time of your ceremony.
  • Instructions on how to request a reschedule of the oath ceremony, if necessary.
  • A list of items to bring with you to the ceremony.

They will contact you by email or phone.

  • If you included an email address in your application, they will send the invitation to that email. Add email addresses ending in "" to your email's list of safe senders to ensure you don't miss emails. Check your junk or spam folder if you do not find their message in your inbox.
  • If they do not have your email address, their agent will attempt to contact you via phone. Please be aware that the call may appear as an "Unknown caller" in your caller ID or a number originating from outside of Canada. To ensure you don't miss the calls, answering your phone when you see these numbers is essential. After you've responded to the phone call, they will mail you the invitation.

The Canadian citizenship ceremony holds significant importance within the citizenship process, serving as the meaningful commencement of your life as a freshly naturalized Canadian citizen.

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Jie Chen
Co-founder & Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC, R#707585)Jie Chen
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