Ten citizenship judges from across Canada have been appointed following the recommendation of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship minister, Ahmed Hussen, through an open, transparent and merit-based selection process.
In a press release Thursday announcing their appointments, Mr. Hussen said, “Each judge, bringing an impressive set of skills and experience, was appointed to promote Canadian citizenship and help build an inclusive society for newcomers and welcome them into the Canadian family.”
The judges, each appointed for a 3-year period in either full or part time capacity, will be responsible for making decisions on citizenship applications; presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to newcomers.
Selected on their judgment/analytical thinking, decision-making and effective communication skills, and based on cross-cultural sensitivity, and their standings within their individual community; these judges will help foster a sense of belonging and attachment to Canada for aspiring newcomers.
Following this new appointments, there are currently 14 citizenship judges across Canada. In 2017, more than 1,400 citizenship ceremonies involving some 105,000 newcomers into Canada were held across the country.