Building Citizenship

Building Citizenship Program

It takes courage to start fresh in a new country. The Building Citizenship program offers a special welcome to those who choose to make Canada their home.

Building Citizenship is a national network of volunteers who organize citizenship ceremonies in their communities, in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. By bringing the ceremony into the community, and including a unique roundtable discussion and a reception to celebrate afterwards, our ceremonies make it easy for new citizens and more established Canadians to connect with each other.

Building Citizenship volunteers generously give their time, energy and passion to organizing ICC community citizenship ceremonies across the country.

Over the past six months, the Building Citizenship program has welcomed 575 new Canadian citizens through its special citizenship ceremonies and expanded its national network of volunteers to include new citizenship committees in Montreal, Markham and Red Deer, bringing the total number of committees to 29.

Roundtable Discussions
Roundtable discussions are at the heart of the ICC’s community citizenship ceremonies. At every table sits a mix of new citizens and more established Canadians. They share their stories, compare their experiences, and reflect on what it means to be an active and engaged citizen.

Click HERE to view photos from ceremonies.

Click HERE for more information.

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship is a national, non-profit organization that engages Canadians in citizenship through innovative programs, campaigns and partnerships designed to ensure new citizens are welcomed and included as equals, to create meaningful connections among all Canadian citizens, to foster a culture of active, engaged citizens and to celebrate what it means to be Canadian. Our Building Citizenship program brings together new and established Canadians at community citizenship ceremonies; our Cultural Access Pass (CAP) offers new citizens the chance to visit more than 1,000 attractions across Canada for free for a full year from the time they’re sworn in; and our annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium fosters a debate on the future of Canada’s civic culture. The ICC was founded and is co-chaired by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul. The ICC is supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). For more information, visit

Be Sociable, Share!
Be Sociable, Share!

Leave a Reply