McCallum Recognizes 70 Years of Canadian Citizenship

70 years ago today: The First Canadian Citizenship Ceremony

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) hosted a special citizenship ceremony today at the Supreme Court of Canada with 26 individuals invited to kick off Canada 150 celebrations and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Citizenship Act.  The Act became law on January 1, 1947.

“The 70th anniversary of Canadian citizenship is an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Canadian;  the rights we enjoy, the responsibilities we share, and the diversity that makes us strong” During Canada 150 and beyond, I encourage all Canadians to celebrate their citizenship,” Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Minister John McCallum said.

The event resembled the first Canadian citizenship ceremony held 70 years ago, on January 3, 1947, at the Supreme Court chamber. On that day, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King received the first Canadian citizenship certificate, numbered 0001.

The first ceremony included people from Germany, Yugoslavia, Russia, Poland, and Switzerland.