New Canadians sworn in at Town Hall

The Town of Oakville, in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, welcomed 29 new Canadian citizens at a citizenship ceremony at Town Hall today. Oakville’s newest Canadians come from 16 different countries including: Albania, China, England, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Trinidad, U.S.A., and Vietnam.

“Becoming a Canadian citizen is a great privilege, and today we are proud that 29 people chose to call Canada their new place of citizenship,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “On behalf of Council, I’d like to welcome these new Canadians to Oakville and encourage them to get involved in the community to see why we call Oakville the most livable town in Canada.”

A representative for MP Terence Young, along with MPP Kevin Flynn, and Mayor Rob Burton welcomed the new citizens before Judge Ted Salci presided over the official ceremony. This is the fourth citizenship ceremony hosted by the Town of Oakville.

“This Council is committed to making Oakville a more inclusive community and our government information as accessible as possible for everyone,” Mayor Burton added. “We invite our new citizens to get involved in local government by attending public meetings, joining community discussions or participating in surveys and focus groups.”

To assist residents who speak a language other than English, the Town of Oakville subscribes to 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 new website uses Google Translate, an online translation tool that allows residents and visitors to read the information provided in the language of their choice.

A number of town departments including the Oakville Public Library (OPL), Recreation and Culture, and Environmental Policy offer a variety of programs and participate in numerous outreach activities to help meet the needs of our diverse residents. These include recreational programs for residents with special needs, information on “living green”, library online resources to improve language skills, as well as workshops that assist children and teens with homework or help newcomers build a career in Canada. The OPL also offers a growing number of print, audio, and DVD materials in languages other than English for both children and adults.

To learn more about the diverse make up of our community, check out the If Oakville was a village of 100 people booklet available at Town Hall, town community centres, libraries, the Halton Multicultural Council, and the Newcomer Information Centre.

For more information:

Rebecca Brookes
Senior Policy Analyst
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext.3689

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville

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New Canadians sworn in at Town Hall