Culture Access Pass

Cultural Access Pass

A gift to each Canadian citizen during their first year of citizenship, the Cultural Access Pass provides complimentary admission to more than 1000 of Canada’s cultural treasures from coast-to-coast-to-coast. The Cultural Access Pass creates opportunities for Canada’s newest citizens to discover our rich cultural history, world-renowned artworks, historical figures and stunning parks.

For new citizens, the Cultural Access Pass opens doors to welcome them into Canada’s cultural communities. Launched by the ICC in 2008, the expanded program started with complimentary access to the following six institutions for one year: Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum and the Textile Museum. The concept quickly caught on, and within months, more attractions had joined the program.

Today, the CAP program offers complimentary admission to more than 1,000 attractions across the country – from museums to galleries, discovery centres, historic sites, monuments and even Canada’s national and provincial parks. New citizens can use their Cultural Access Pass to explore Canada from coast to coast: a new citizen from Toronto can visit the Vancouver Art Gallery or Banff National Park, while a new citizen from Edmonton can visit Pier 21 in Halifax or Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park.

The ICC continues to work to expand the program to include more and different types of cultural experiences.

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

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One Response to “Cultural Access Pass”

  1. September 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm, Gaurab Tewari said:

    Txs for this initiative

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