New Canadians sworn in at Oakville citizenship ceremony

Mon, 07 Nov 2016

The Town of Oakville, in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, hosted a citizenship ceremony on November 3, 2016, welcoming 40 new Canadian citizens.

“The citizenship ceremony is an extraordinary milestone for these individuals and families, and it’s always an honour to take part in it,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “I encourage everyone to continue contributing their diverse knowledge, skills, and experience to build a stronger and more prosperous Canada.”

Judge Ted Salci presided over the ceremony, which saw 40 candidates sworn in as citizens. The candidates were welcomed by Chris Ventura, representing MP Pam Damoff; Fiona Fraser, representing MP John Oliver; Bob Ball, representative for MPP Kevin Flynn; Mayor Rob Burton; and veteran, Andy Barber.

Each year, people from around the globe choose Oakville as their new home. The town plays a key role in supporting new residents through recreation, transit, library and other services. Some of the ways include:

  • Assisting individuals who speak a language other than English through Language Line, an over-the-phone interpretation service that provides interpreters in more than 150 languages. This service ensures that whether in person or by phone, residents will receive great customer service. In addition, the town’s website uses Google Translate, an online translation tool that allows residents and visitors to read the information provided in the language of their choice.
  • Educating new residents about transit in Oakville, how to connect with other services, and general travel information on how to get around town through information sessions hosted by Oakville Transit. Sessions are offered to new residents through multicultural groups such as the Halton Multicultural Council (HMC).
  • Offering learn-to-swim classes through the town’s Recreation and Culture department, including classes taught by female instructors in a women-only setting. These classes allow participants to learn basic swimming skills in a comfortable environment that reflects the cultural and religious needs of various diverse groups.
  • Connecting new residents with others in the community through Conversation Circles. Hosted by the town’s Seniors’ Services in partnership with the HMC, Conversation Circles are informal gatherings where new immigrants are invited to meet with seniors from diverse communities to socialize and to practice their English-speaking skills.
  • Programming through the Oakville Public Library (OPL) which supports new residents with finding employment, citizenship test preparation, and resources to improve language skills. The OPL also offers a growing number of print, audio and DVD materials in languages other than English for both children and adults.