Program delivery update – September 12, 2014

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Updates to citizenship ceremony general information and citizenship ceremony delegation information


  • Citizenship ceremony closure and reception - Added a time limit to the citizenship judge or presiding official’s closing remarks and a note about the importance of standing for the playing of the national anthem.
  • Working with the Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans - CIC officials must now advise the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) contact when a CAF member is speaking at a citizenship ceremony with Federal Cabinet Minister or Dignitary (Governor General, Lieutenant Governor General) presence.
  • Presentation of certificates at citizenship ceremonies - Updated the definition of a “mega” ceremony to be 300 to 400 citizenship candidates.
  • Gifts and promotional products during citizenship ceremonies - Updated list of products that are presented to new citizens at a citizenship ceremony.
  • Delegated authorities related to citizenship ceremonies - Various editing improvements to the lists of individuals who are delegated to preside at citizenship ceremonies and added contact information for urgent delegation requests.

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