Canada Day tradition of welcoming new citizens went virtual this year

July 1, 2020

By Vancouver Sun |

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The usual dozens of citizenship ceremonies held on July 1 every year were replaced by one virtual ceremony streamed live at 11 a.m. Vancouver time on Wednesday, welcoming 19 new Canadians from 13 different countries. 

“This is the first time in history that people would be taking the oath of citizenship from all over the country at the same time,” said Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, speaking from Mississauga in both official languages with subtitles running underneath, in front of Canadian flag posted to a fence in what looked like a suburban backyard.

Among those reciting the oath on a gallery screen were Catherina Tan and her daughter, Danielle, of North Vancouver, who sat next to each other in front of a large Canadian flag in their home while the others took the oath and sang O Canada with them from their own homes while being tiled on a screen.

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