♪ “It’s a great day to meet new citizens.” Citizenship Judge Suzanne Pinel loves her work. She is once again adding new members to the Canadian family. Each year, courts like this see a quarter of a million immigrants become new Canadians. Taking the Oath of Citizenship is the culmination of a three-year journey for these newcomers. They’ve undergone security and health checks. They were required to learn about Canada’s geography and history; its languages and of the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen. “We are there with different programs to help them settle and also ways of really belonging. And maybe helping them to take the strengths that they have, so that they will succeed.” Canada has a great tradition of welcoming immigrants and refugees. For more than a hundred years, waves of them have arrived here to forge a new life. Many, through Pier 21 in Halifax —the last remaining ocean immigration terminal—now a national historic site. In the early 1900’s, the vast majority of immigrants came from Europe. By the end of the century, there was a shift of newcomers —largely from Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Carlos Kassoma escaped war in Angola to come to Canada. “I feel very proud that I got accepted, and I feel very proud and very safe in this country.” New citizens. Ready to help build a stronger Canada. To learn more about Canadian citizenship, please visit cic.gc.ca.