PIP Partner Trent University Hosts Canadian Citizenship Ceremony

people holding Canadian flag at citizenship ceremony

Photo credit: Trent University

On 17 July, Trent University hosted a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony in conjunction with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). At the ceremony, 98 people from Peterborough and the surrounding area received their Canadian Citizenship.

The ceremony was presided over by Armand La Barge, Chair of the Board of Governors at Trent University. Guests were welcomed by MP Maryam Monsef; Elder Keith Knott of Curve Lake First Nation; and Julie Davis, Vice President, External Relations & Advancement, Trent University. Guests were also congratulated by Dawn Berry Merriam, Chair of Peterborough Immigration Partnership; Steve Kirton, New Canadians Centre Board Chair; Chief of Police Scott Gilbert; and Peterborough County Warden J Murray Jones. Unity, a singing group of four Indigenous women, closed the ceremony with an honour song.

This is the sixth time that the ceremony is being hosted in Peterborough. In previous years, new Canadians living in this area have had to travel to the IRCC offices in the GTA for the ceremony.

Photo credit: Trent University

Photo credit: Trent University

To be eligible for Canadian Citizenship, you must be a permanent resident of Canada and have lived in the country for at least three years. You must have sufficient knowledge in either English or French and have passed a test demonstrating your knowledge of Canada and the rights, responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.

For many, this day marks the end of an uncertain past and the start of a future filled with opportunities and a chance to pursue their dreams. Please join us in celebrating and welcoming Canada’s newest citizens!

This event was supported by the Peterborough Immigration Partnership, the County of Peterborough, the City of Peterborough, the New Canadians Centre and the Peterborough Police Services. Our thanks to PIP Partner Trent University for being a gracious and welcoming host!