On February 8, 2019, Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS) co-hosted a Citizenship Ceremony with IRCC at the headquarter (2330 Midland Avenue). In a warm and cheerful atmosphere of the Chinese Lunar New Year, immigration officers, MP Shaun Chen, MP Jean Yip, Moy Wong-Tam (Executive Director of CICS), and relatives and friends of new citizens, witnessed around 280 permanent residents from the GTA taking oaths to become Canadian citizens.
移民综合服务中心(华咨处)于2月8日年初四在位于2330 Midland Avenue 的华咨处总部主办了一次中国农历年特色的公民入籍宣誓仪式。在热烈欢快的中国农历新年气氛中， 移民法官、联邦国会议员陈圣源、叶嘉丽，华咨处执行总监谭黄梅初以及新公民的亲友等约500至600人在现场见证了约280名来自大多地区的永久居民正式宣誓成为加拿大公民。
Executive Director Moy Wong-Tam said that in order to reflect Canada's respect and inclusion for diverse cultures, IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) chose to hold a citizenship ceremony during the Lunar New Year. This is the first time that Canada has held a citizenship ceremony featuring Chinese Lunar New Year. CICS, which has served the community for more than 50 years, is honored to be selected as the organization to host the ceremony. In order to reflect the characteristics of the Chinese Lunar Year, red lanterns and other red decorations with Chinese characteristics were decorated in the 6,600-foot Multi-Purpose Hall at the Immigrant Resource Centre.
One unique part about this citizenship ceremony is that it began with a lion dance, a traditional Chinese New Year performance. These new citizens came from different countries and regions, and today they had an experience of Chinese culture and more importantly, Canada's multiculturalism. From the very first moment of becoming a citizen, they are proud to embrace Canada's culture and multiculturalism and become a part of it.