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March 12, 2009
Toronto City Hall hosts citizenship ceremony
The Council Chamber of City Hall was the venue as over 60 Toronto residents took the oath of Canadian citizenship. The ceremony was presided over by Citizenship and Immigration Judge Normand Allaire, with the participation of Mayor David Miller.

“Newcomers are the lifeblood of Toronto,” said Mayor Miller. “Toronto thrives and succeeds when immigrants such as you choose to settle here. You are an essential part of Toronto’s future economic, cultural and social growth.”

This citizenship ceremony was the second that the City of Toronto has hosted in the last two years, and is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to welcome new residents and ensure that they enjoy equal access to the economic, social and cultural benefits that Toronto and Canada have to offer.

The new Canadian citizens came from 24 countries (Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, India, Jamaica, Macedonia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Romania, Philippines, Scotland, Turkey, Trinidad & Tobago, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Russia, Ukraine and the USA). Friends and family filled the public gallery of Toronto’s Council Chamber to witness the ceremony.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
David Clark, Strategic Communications, 416-392-7542,



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