Participate in a reaffirmation ceremony
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A reaffirmation ceremony is a formal event where participants repeat the oath of citizenship to express their commitment to Canada. If you are already a Canadian citizen, you can participate in a reaffirmation ceremony.
Organizing a reaffirmation ceremony
You can organize a reaffirmation ceremony in your community, your place of work or your school. The following steps will help you plan your event.
- Choose a master of ceremonies who can act as the presiding official, a guest speaker and a person to lead the group in the oath of citizenship, and in the singing of our national anthem, “O Canada.”
- Consider a guest speaker who will speak from the heart about citizenship and its rights, and responsibilities. This could be a school principal, a group leader, or someone from the community who has recently become a Canadian citizen.
- If there is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Order of Military Merit, or a citizenship judge in your community, consider inviting him or her to lead the oath of citizenship.
Reaffirmation ceremony program outline
- To facilitate the planning of your reaffirmation ceremony, a guide and a sample program are available.
- Reaffirmation certificates and “O Canada” national anthem bookmarks will serve as special souvenirs of the occasion. Make sure that you have sufficient inventories of these materials to distribute to all guests.
Available for download
- Reaffirmation Certificate (PDF, 902.48 KB)
- Sample Reaffirmation Ceremony Program (DOC, 512.5 KB)
- Reaffirmation Ceremony Program Guide & Speaking Points (PDF, 426.24 KB)
- Canada’s National Anthem (PDF, 824.30 KB)
- Oath of Citizenship (PDF, 614.04 KB)
- “Our Citizenship” poster (PDF, 3.09 MB)
To order copies of Reaffirmation Certificates or Canadian National Anthem bookmarks, contact us.
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