Fifty people from 20 countries became Canadian citizens at the Dartmouth North Community Centre in Highfield Park on Tuesday.
Federal citzenship and immigration minister Chris Alexander spoke before the new Canadians swore allegiance to the Queen.
“We are so proud of the ability Canada continues to have in unusual measure to welcome newcomers from around the world,” said Alexander.
The candidates for citizenship became citizens when they repeated after the minister the pledge of allegiance to the Queen, and sang O Canada.
Carlos Gonzalez has been in Canada 21 years, and is happy to finally become a citizen.
“I like Canada too much,” he said. “I love Canada.”
Shuefen Wu, said she was so happy to become a Canadian. She and her family came from China five years ago. She says what drew her to Canada were the benefits for children, and the country’s education system.
The ceremony was part of the federal government’s Citizenship Week, running from October 13 to 19, which they say celebrates the rights and responsibilities of Canadians.