The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) is a not-for-profit organization that delivers programs and services that help new Canadians to be engaged members of their communities.
Through its partners and volunteers, ICC makes a special day even more so by hosting more than 75 citizenship ceremonies across the country every year.
One of ICC’s most prominent programs is called CANOO, which was formerly known as the Cultural Access Pass. CANOO gives new Canadians the chance to visit more than 1,000 attractions across the country for free, for up to a year after taking their Oath of Citizenship.
NEW INSTITUTE FOR CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS FRONTLINE WORKERS
Many new immigrants are speaking out against racism because of COVID-19. One of them is Joyce Genova, an immigrant from the Philippines.
Genova is participating in a campaign organized by ICC to fight racism and to encourage Canadians to support each other despite social distancing rules.
“The campaign is a message of unity and hope for everyone, so I said ‘I want to take part in this,” Genova said. “I want to be an active citizen.”
Speaking to the Regina Leader-Post, Genova said that she considers herself fortunate.
She had moved from the Philippines to Swift Current, Saskatchewan (population: 16,604). Genova works as a continuing care assistant at a long-term care facility called The Meadows.
She recently became a proud Canadian citizen.
“We as immigrants or new Canadians, we are proud of our contribution in our new homes,” Genova told the Regina Leader-Post.
“We hope that Canadians everywhere know that in a time when we are being told to keep a distance, it’s (more) important than ever that we all stand together.”
INSTITUTE FOR CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP CEO HOPES CAMPAIGN HELPS CANADIANS LEARN MORE ABOUT FRONTLINE WORKERS
Yasir Naqvi, Chief Executive Officer for ICC, hopes that the campaign helps to acknowledge the meaningful contributions made by Newcomers to Canadian society.
Naqvi himself is a new Canadian, having moved to Canada from Pakistan as a teenager. A lawyer by profession, Naqvi served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ottawa Centre as well as having served as the 39th Attorney General of Ontario.
Naqvi sees the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity for Canadians to see the hard work being done by new immigrants, especially those who are involved in frontline work.
For more information about the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, visit their official website at: https://www.inclusion.ca
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