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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Updates on the Oath of Citizenship


Updates on the Oath of Citizenship

The government of Canada introduced, on February 4, 2022, the new updated version of the Oath of Citizenship, which now, includes Indigenous content.


As a result of this update, the government also provided links to the new videos and added a new link to special themed speaking points for presiding officials to use in their speeches.


The citizenship judges are responsible for administering the Oath of Citizenship in both English and French and presenting citizenship certificates at in-person citizenship ceremonies in accordance with the Citizenship Act and Citizenship Regulations.


If granted citizenship, a person must swear or solemnly affirm their citizenship before a citizenship judge or by any person delegated by a Minister's delegate, in English or French if they choose. The Oath of Citizenship is the final legal requirement that applicants who are 14 years of age or older must meet to become Canadian citizens.


The Oath of Citizenship is not required for persons granted citizenship under Section 5.5 of the Act (grants of citizenship for stateless persons born to a Canadian parent). A waiver from taking the Oath of Citizenship is possible for applicants who cannot understand the significance of taking the Oath because of mental disability.


Note that people are not required to take the Oath if they have never met or no longer meet the requirements of the Act for the grant of citizenship. Therefore, Citizenship will not be granted nor the Oath taken if the person is prohibited from either.





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