31 of Canada’s newest citizens took the oath at the Saskatchewan Legislature Tuesday afternoon.
The ceremony also marked the 20th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.
Minister responsible for Sport, Culture and Recreation Gene Makowsky said it brings him a sense of pride every time he sees new Canadians take the oath and sing the anthem.
“It’s a great experience, I’ve been to several of these as my time as an MLA, and to be part of that ceremony is pretty special opportunity for me individually,” Makowsky said. “It’s great for our new Canadians and their families as well, it’s a special day.”
Rosemary Ojo received her citizenship during the ceremony. She said becoming a Canadian Citizen is worth the long delay.
“We had the hassle of looking for your peer card in your pocket and when you’re going to be back, and looking for your passport, when you coming back, I mean now it’s so simple that you walk in with your blue passport, without all those attachments that you have to bring in.”
Saskatchewan has welcomed 108,300 immigrants in the last decade, with 80% of them staying in the province.