Canada welcomed 25 newcomers at a special virtual citizenship ceremony to mark the International Human Rights Day.
Canada launched the Human Rights Defenders immigration stream earlier this year. Canada is one of the few countries with a dedicated immigration program for those who protect and promote human rights, including journalists, activists and many others.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sends message via video. “Congratulations and welcome home,” said the prime minister.
Judge Rania Sfeir, Citizenship Judge said becoming a citizen carries responsibilities. The new Canadians are advised of their responsibility to obey the laws, participate in the democratic process including running for office and voting.
Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship performed his first citizenship ceremony during the virtual event.
“It is time to celebrate the importance of human rights,” he said.