Clerk of the ceremony
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
The clerk of the ceremony is a citizenship officer who plans and organizes the ceremony and ensures that it runs smoothly and all legal aspects are respected. The clerk is sometimes seen as the master of ceremonies because the clerk is responsible for introductions and the overall flow of the ceremony.
Most importantly, the clerk sets the tone for the ceremony, ensuring that the ceremony is dignified and relaxed and that the new citizens and others in attendance are treated with respect.
The clerk of the ceremony gives the preamble to the event and provides instructions following the citizenship ceremony.
For more information about a clerk’s citizenship ceremony responsibilities and duties, refer to the following links:
- Types of citizenship ceremonies
- Religious and cultural considerations during citizenship ceremonies
- Dress code for citizenship ceremonies
- Order of precedence at a citizenship ceremony
- Citizenship ceremony opening
- Oath of citizenship
- Presentation of certificates at citizenship ceremonies
- Citizenship ceremony closure and reception
- Bilingual text for the clerk of the ceremony
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