The Canadian Oath of Citizenship and Ceremony: A Pledge to a New Beginning

The journey to becoming a Canadian citizen culminates in a significant event: the Canadian Oath of Citizenship and Ceremony. This ceremony is not just a formality, but a celebration of commitment to the values, rights, and responsibilities of being a Canadian citizen.

The Oath of Citizenship

The Oath of Citizenship is a solemn promise or declaration of loyalty to the Canadian monarch. It is a pledge to abide by Canada’s laws and uphold the duties of a Canadian citizen. During the ceremony, participants accept the rights and responsibilities of citizenship by taking the Oath of Citizenship. Upon reciting the oath, they officially become Canadian citizens and receive a certificate of citizenship.

The Citizenship Ceremony

The citizenship ceremony is the final legal step to becoming a Canadian citizen. It takes place across the country and at all times of the year. Special ceremonies are held on Canada Day and during Citizenship Week.

Who Has to Take the Oath?

Adults and children aged 14 or over must attend the citizenship ceremony and take the oath. Parents will receive certificates of citizenship for their children under age 141. Children under age 14 are welcome to attend, but it is not mandatory.

Preparing for the Ceremony

Invitations to the citizenship ceremony are sent by email or mail 1 to 2 weeks in advance. The invitation includes the ceremony’s time and date, video conference link (for a video oath ceremony), and location (for an in-person ceremony).

The Day of the Ceremony

On the day of the ceremony, attendees are required to bring certain documents, which will be specified in the invitation. The entire ceremony must be attended, and if a young child is brought along, a guest should be there to take them out of the room if they get restless.

Virtual Citizenship Ceremony

For approved applications, most applicants are invited to a video oath ceremony. This virtual citizenship ceremony is attended via a Zoom videoconference call5. Instructions on how to set up Zoom are provided in the ceremony invitation.

Prepare to say the oath and sing the anthem
Oath of CitizenshipNational anthem: O Canada
I swear (or affirm)That I will be faithfulAnd bear true allegianceTo His MajestyKing Charles the ThirdKing of CanadaHis Heirs and SuccessorsAnd that I will faithfully observeThe laws of CanadaIncluding the ConstitutionWhich recognizes and affirmsThe Aboriginal and treaty rights ofFirst Nations, Inuit and Métis peoplesAnd fulfil my dutiesAs a Canadian citizen.O Canada! Our home and native land!True patriot love in all of us command.Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,Il sait porter la croix!Ton histoire est une épopéeDes plus brillants exploits.God keep our land glorious and free!O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


The Canadian Oath of Citizenship and Ceremony is a momentous occasion that marks the end of one journey and the beginning of another. It is a celebration of the commitment to embracing Canadian values, rights, and responsibilities. As new citizens take their oath, they join the diverse tapestry of individuals who call Canada home, each contributing to the country’s rich cultural mosaic.

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