Program delivery update: Citizenship ceremonies – Dress code, Canadian symbols and volunteer presiding officials

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

May 8, 2019

Updates have been made to 3 pages of citizenship ceremony-related instructions.

  1. Dress code for citizenship ceremonies
    • The clerk of the ceremony wears a barrister robe for all ceremony-related moments.
    • The volunteer presiding official should not wear any type of barrister robe other than the one provided.
    • Some exceptions to the wearing of the barrister robe are permitted.
    • Additional information regarding uniforms for members of the Order of Military Merit and recipients of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces is included.
  2. Canadian symbols at citizenship ceremonies
    • Broken links have been corrected.
    • Information on how to obtain materials and recordings has been updated.
    • Clarification has been provided regarding which bilingual version of O Canada to use.
  3. Working with volunteer presiding officials
    • The Order of Military Merit category no longer has rank limitations.
    • Recipients of the Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) who are Canadian adults 18 years or older (all levels) can now preside.

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