Kleinburg, ON, November 9, 2016 – A community citizenship ceremony featuring roundtable discussions between community members and Canada’s newest 50 citizens takes place at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection on Monday, November 14, 2016.

Roundtables–unique to Institute for Canadian Citizenship community citizenship ceremonies–bring citizenship candidates together with members of their communities in welcoming Canadian spaces to share their stories, discuss the value and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship, and celebrate the special day. The participants include citizenship candidates, their family and friends, and roundtable hosts.

The November 14 event is hosted by the ICC, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is a national institution celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The McMichael participates in the ICC’s Cultural Access Pass (CAP) program, which provides new Canadian citizens with free admission to more than 1,200 of Canada’s premier cultural attractions and discounts on travel during their first year of citizenship. All new Canadian citizens find out about CAP at their citizenship ceremony.

WHAT:             Community citizenship ceremony featuring roundtable discussions at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

WHEN:          Monday, November 14, 2016

  • 9:30 am – Roundtable discussions. Private event.

(NOTE: Media professionals are invited to participate as roundtable hosts, and are welcome to shoot video and still photos, but interviews and audio recording are not permitted during this session. Please contact Julie Phillips at the ICC or Simona Panetta at the McMichael if you plan to attend.)

  • 10:45 am – Citizenship ceremony. Free public event.
  • Presiding official: Anne Sado, member of the Order of Canada
  • Speakers: Deborah Schulte, Member of Parliament for King-Vaughan

                 Andrew W. Dunn, Chair, McMichael Board of Trustees

Nathalie Mercure, Interim Executive Director, McMichael Canadian Art Collection

WHERE:        McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, ON L0J 1C0


Powered by a passionate and committed national network, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship delivers programs and special projects that inspire Canadians to be inclusive, create opportunities to connect, and encourage active citizenship. The ICC’s Building Citizenship program hosts more than 70 Canadian Citizenship ceremonies annually with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and volunteers and partners across the country. The ICC is a national charity co-founded in 2006 by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul.

About the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of over 6,000 artworks by Canadian artists, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on 100 acres of northern landscape and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan. For more information: mcmichael.com.