Ottawa: This Canada Day, more than 2,200 new citizens from 138 countries were welcomed at 45 citizenship ceremonies across the country. In his home town of Ajax, Ontario, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, was proud to welcome new Canadians at one of Canada Day’s many citizenship ceremonies.

Minister Alexander also reiterated how the Government of Canada is working to make the citizenship program more efficient–subsequently allowing more people to achieve their dream of becoming a Canadian citizen faster, and with all the exceptional privileges and responsibilities that come with being a citizen.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate our newest citizens and welcome them to the Canadian family on this special day. Canada Day is a day to reflect upon what it means to be Canadian and to reaffirm our commitment to upholding Canadian values, which have their roots in democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law. It is a day to recognize both the rights and responsibilities of each and every Canadian. Congratulations and Happy Canada Day!” said Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister on the occasion.