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May 19, 2016
Mayor Tory to host Toronto Newcomer Day to welcome and celebrate new Torontonians
Mayor John Tory will host Toronto Newcomer Day at City Hall on Tuesday to welcome newcomers to Toronto and celebrate their contributions. Toronto Newcomer Day is held each year.

Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina), Toronto's Newcomer Advocate, and JoAnne Doyle, Chief Operating and Strategy Officer, United Way Toronto and York Region, will be the masters of ceremonies for the formal program. Senator Ratna Omidvar will take part in the program and the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, will attend a special citizenship ceremony for 60 candidates at City Hall.

Date: Tuesday, May 24 (rain or shine)

Times and locations:
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – information fair and family-friendly activities on Nathan Phillips
Square and in City Hall

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – formal program including Proclamation of Newcomer Day, official
remarks and musical performances on Nathan Phillips Square stage

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – citizenship ceremony in City Hall Council Chamber

Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall will be alive with an art exhibit, newcomer artist showcase, tours of City Hall, library bookmobile, speakers' corner, roaming storytellers, gardening and other family-friendly activities. More than 45 community agencies and City divisions will be on hand to share information and resources available to help newcomers settle in Toronto.

Toronto Newcomer Day is sponsored by Tim Horton's and Metroland Media. Everyone is welcome to take part in this free event. More information about Newcomer Day is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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