July 1st is not only Canada’s 145th birthday but the 1st day a number of new Canadians will officially become Canadian citizens.

40 people will take the oath to become Canadian tomorrow at a ceremony at Riverside Park in Guelph and Citizenship Court Judge Sharon Robertson will preside. Now in her 3rd year as judge Robertson has welcomed a number of individuals, couples and families into the country. She tells 570 News she is inspired by their persistence faith and resilience. As well awed by their stories as they’re overcoming obstacles, rejection and isolation from their home and family.

“Many are not only coming to Canada to make a better life for themselves but for extended family that may come to the country after.”

She has been inspired by many new Canadians including Waleed from Bahrain who was most impressed with the glass doors he has seen in Canada as he had never seen a glass door.  “In his country,” Robertson explains, “doors were for keeping people out.”

The process of becoming a Canadian includes taking a written test that includes question like “What is the tallest mountain in Canada?” and “What are the three parts of the Federal government? Questions that are difficult for a born Canadian to answer with many of the new Canadians taking and passing the test with English as their 3rd language.
     
On Canada Day the new Canadians will read the oath which looks like this:

I affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.

The new Canadians will receive their citizenship on July 1st at  Riverside Park in Guelph starting at 4:30.