The freedom and the rights of the Canadians is celebrated on the Canada Day. The history of Canada, people, events and values which give an identity to the Canadians are well thought of on this day. Special citizenship ceremonies were organized to celebrate the Canada Day. The special ceremonies show the collective heritage of Canada as a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy. Every year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada grants citizenship to 160,000 new citizens at the 19,000 special ceremonies, in Canada. On the Canada Day, 57 people became new Canadian citizens at a special citizenship ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
A new audio version of the popular citizenship study guide, “Discover Canada: the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship”, was launched by Jason Kenney, the Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister. Several high-profile Canadians and other individuals took part in the recording of the new audio study guide. Famous people who participated in the recording include actor Albert Schultz, Ian Hanomansing, a television journalist, Richard Margison, an operatic tenor and Jean-Benoît Rainville, a professional narrator. For an immigrant to be a meaningful Canadian, a common understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Canada must be rendered, according to Minister Kenney. CIC is also thankful to the people who took part in the recording and gave their voices for the new audio guide.
The other noteworthy happening during the citizenship ceremony is the expansion of the Cultural Access Pass of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, to include VIA Rail. The new Canadian citizens who take part in the Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass(CAP) program, will be provided with a discount on VIA Rail and this offer is also applicable to 4 minor dependent children. The Minister of State, Steven Fletcher, said that the Canadian government is proud of the offer from VIA. He also invited the new Canadian citizens. Through the CAP program, the new Canadian citizens and their children will get free access to around 1,000 attractions in Canada, which includes museums, national parks and historic sites. It will help the new citizens to explore Canada.