Celebrating Canadian Citizenship at the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum

News release

October 9, 2018—Saskatoon, SK – Citizenship Week was celebrated in Saskatoon at a special ceremony at the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum today, where 25 people from nine countries became Canadian citizens.

The ceremony was presided over by Dr. James Miller, an Officer of the Order of Canada and history professor emeritus from the University of Saskatchewan.

At this special ceremony Gerlinde Sarkar, past president of the Canadian Federation of University Women (Saskatoon), provincial president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, and an immigrant herself, was the guest speaker to congratulate the new citizens. Community stakeholders and members of the public were invited to the citizenship ceremony at the unique location, where new citizens took the Oath of Citizenship against the backdrop of airplanes.

This is the first time that a citizenship ceremony has been held at the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum, which only opened its doors this spring and is almost entirely volunteer-run.

As Citizenship Week (Oct. 8 - 14, 2018) falls during Women’s History Month, citizenship ceremonies across Canada are also celebrating the outstanding achievements of women who have shaped Canada: as Indigenous peoples, as settlers, as innovators and activists. Prominent women in civics, business, science and more will speak as guests at several of our special citizenship ceremonies across Canada.

Citizenship Week also marks the one year anniversary of Bill C-6 which brought in important changes to the Citizenship Act helping qualified applicants get citizenship faster. The changes from Bill C-6 came into effect as of October 11, 2017 and provided greater flexibility for those wanting to become Canadian citizens to meet the requirements. In particular, they reduced the time permanent residents must be physically present in Canada before applying for citizenship from four out of six years to three out of five years.      

By the end of October, 2018, an estimated 152,000 people will have obtained Canadian citizenship since the changes came into effect, an increase of 40% compared to the 108,000 people who obtained citizenship from the same period the year before. Bill C-6 has allowed more permanent residents to apply for citizenship; in the nine month period from October 2017 to June 2018, the IRCC received 242,680 applications, more than double the number compared to 102,261 in the same period the year before. Despite the increase in applications, processing times for routine citizenship applications remain under 12 months.


Quotes

“Citizenship ceremonies like the one at the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum are moving events, and I know the community sharing in this ceremony is highly appreciated by Canada’s new citizens.

During Citizenship Week, I encourage everyone to celebrate their citizenship and to reflect on what being Canadian means to you. October is also Women’s History Month, making this a perfect time to give thanks and appreciation to the many women who helped build and shape Canada throughout our history.”

- The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Quick facts

  • Immigration is critical to Canada’s economic growth. With an aging population and lower fertility rate, Canada is relying more and more on immigrants to help fill labour and talent shortages in communities across the country.

  • Studies from Canada and around the world have found that immigration in Canada is positive for our country both socially and economically.

  • Changes to the Citizenship Act also included reducing the age range for applicants who must meet the language and knowledge requirements and counting the days applicants spend in Canada as temporary residents or protected persons as half days toward their physical presence requirements, up to 365 days.

  • Over the last 10 years, nearly 1.7 million people have become Canadian Citizens, and their contributions to our communities is significant.

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Contacts

Contacts for media only

Mathieu Genest
Minister’s Office
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada 
613-954-1064

Media Relations 
Communications Branch
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada 
613-952-1650 
IRCC.COMMMediaRelations-RelationsmediasCOMM.IRCC@cic.gc.ca


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