April 1, 2015 — Toronto, Ontario — One hundred new citizens from 58 countries were sworn in as new Canadians today at a special sport-themed citizenship ceremony that kicked off the 100-day countdown to the TORONTO 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games.
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander personally welcomed today’s newest citizens at the ceremony, which took place at the new YMCA facility at the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village in Toronto. At the ceremony, Alexander emphasized the importance of sport in bringing together individuals of different cultures .
The new citizens attended a reception hosted by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, and were honoured at TORONTO 2015’s official 100-day countdown reception, which featured speeches by Olympian Catriona Le May Doan and other dignitaries.
One hundred days from now, Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe will host the TORONTO 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, one of the largest multisport events ever held in Canada. Through its contributions to the Federal Cultural Strategy, the Government of Canada is helping promote Canadian culture and heritage, while showcasing Canadian values and enhancing engagement in the Americas.