Now that you’re inching closer to becoming a Canadian citizen, the final step involves celebrating the grand occasion and taking the Oath of Citizenship. You’ll likely recite the vows with other equally excited immigrants on the date, time, and location given to you by immigration professionals.
Keep in mind that the invitation is typically sent one to two weeks before the ceremony, so check your e-mails regularly and sift through the inbox by typing in “@cic.gc.ca.” You can change the ceremony date if you’re not available, so long as you provide a reasonable explanation and a new date.
Failing to give an acceptable reason can terminate your grant, squabbling the opportunity to grant your citizenship.
Choosing the Language of the Oath
When attending the ceremony, it helps to prepare for the text of the Oath so you won’t stumble along the way. The person granted citizenship must take the Oath of Citizenship, either in English or French, and swear before a citizenship judge to complete the last requirement in your application process. Here’s what you should know about the text of the Oath since the Act of 1977:
I swear (or affirm)
That I will be faithful
And bear true allegiance.
To Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second
Queen of Canada
Her Heirs and Successors
And that I will faithfully observe
The laws of Canada
And fulfill my duties;
as a Canadian citizen.
Je jure (ou j’affirme solennellement)
Que Je serai fidèle
Et porterai sincère allégeance
À Sa Majesté la reine Elizabeth Deux
Reine du Canada
À ses héritiers et à ses successeurs
Que j’observerai fidèlement les lois du Canada
Et que je remplirai loyalement
Mes obligations de citoyen canadien.
Changes in the New Oath of Citizenship for 2020
Last October 22, 2020, in Ottawa, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., P.P, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, proposed changes to make involving the Oath of Citizenship. The changes recognize the rights of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Peoples, introducing the Citizenship Act to welcome a new language to become more inclusive.
As for the core message, the Oath continues to showcase the government’s responsibility to commit to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. There are not many changes other than emphasizing the reconciliation part, putting the spotlight on the importance of sharing the same commitment with Indigenous Peoples.
The New Oath of Citizenship 2020 Onwards
If the proposed changes take place, it should read the following:
“I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, including the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.”
The Bottom Line: Welcoming the Proposed Changes to the Oath of Citizenship in Canada
If you’re of legal age who meet the requirements necessary to become a Canadian citizen, respecting and reciting the Oath of Citizenship is your final destination before you can officially call Canada your home.
The guide above should brush up your memory on its contents, along with the recent changes made to include the reconciliation with the Indigenous Peoples.
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