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May 15, 2017
City of Toronto welcomes and celebrates new Torontonians
The third annual Toronto Newcomer Day was held today at City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square to welcome newcomers to Toronto and celebrate their contributions. Mayor John Tory, joined by Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39 Scarborough Agincourt), the City of Toronto's Newcomer Advocate, and Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, proclaimed May 15 as Newcomer Day. Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Zabeen Hirji, RBC's Chief Human Resources Officer, were special guests at the event.

A citizenship ceremony for 40 new Canadians was held on Nathan Phillips Square in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. More than 50 community agencies and City of Toronto divisions took part in an information fair to share resources to help newcomers settle in Toronto.

“Toronto has been built by generations of newcomers," said Mayor Tory. “Every year we welcome tens of thousands of people from all over the world. Today we celebrate the tremendous contributions newcomers make to the fabric of this city.”

“Toronto’s multicultural tapestry is proof to the world that people from diverse backgrounds can come together and live in harmony,” said Minister Albanese. “Our government welcomes this diversity and is committed to ensuring that newcomers have the support they need to settle and succeed in Ontario.”

Toronto Newcomer Day was sponsored by Metroland Media, Tim Hortons and Chatr.

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. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. 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 on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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