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Taking the Oath

Adults and children aged 14 or over must go to the citizenship ceremony and take the oath.

Parents will get certificates of citizenship for their children under age 14. Children under age 14 don’t have to go, but are welcome to

You will be invited to the citizenship ceremony by email or mail 1 to 2 weeks in advance.

The invitation will have the ceremony’s

If you’re not available on the day of your ceremony, send  IRCC a message to explain why and get a new date. If you don’t give an explanation or your explanation isn’t reasonable, IRCC may stop processing your application and not grant you citizenship. You can either:

When you come to the ceremony, bring:
During your ceremony, you will:

A citizenship judge or official will preside over the ceremony and lead the Oath of Citizenship. Many people will take the oath with you. The ceremony official will say the oath in English and in French. As a group, you’ll repeat the words to the oath after the official. You must repeat the oath in at least one of the official languages, but you are encouraged to say them in both. You’ll also be invited to sing the bilingual version of the national anthem.

You can swear or affirm the oath. Swearing is for people who want to refer to their religious beliefs and affirming is for people who don’t want to refer to religious text. If you want to swear the oath on your holy book, bring it with you.

Once you take the Oath of Citizenship, you’ll be a Canadian citizen. IRCC will give you your citizenship certificate as proof that you’re a Canadian citizen. It will show the date that you became a citizen. Keep it in a safe place.