Special Citizenship Ceremony at the Supreme Court of Canada Commemorating 70th Anniversary of the First Canadian Citizenship Ceremony in 1947. (Photo credit: Marc DesRosiers – QMI Agency/ Agency QMI)

With July 1st right around the corner, Canadians all over the country are preparing for celebrations of the country’s 150th birthday. Citizenship events and activities are being held across Canada in the coming weeks.

There will be 55 special citizenship ceremonies held all over the country with the purpose of welcoming in new citizens of Canada. These ceremonies highlight the rights and responsibilities of citizens and feature presiding officials to celebrate and emphasize our political heritage.

Additional reaffirmation ceremonies are planned to take place on Canada Day, where citizens can recite the Oath of Citizenship to celebrate our shared Canadian rights and responsibilities. Taking the Oath and attending a citizenship ceremony is the last step a person must take before becoming a Canadian citizen, so this activity will be reminiscent for immigrants of the journey they’ve taken to become a Canadian.

Guided citizenship walks are planned for Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary. The Halifax Stanfield International Airport is also joining in on the celebrations with a Canada Day 1 exhibit.

To find a ceremony near you visit the interactive map and check out the online Canada Day page for more information on the celebration.