After Queen Elizabeth, the longest-serving monarch in British history, died last Thursday, new Canadian citizens are now pledging allegiance to King Charles.
According to CBC News, Jeffery Sachs was among the first Canadians to recognise the new King during the Oath of Citizenship. The Queen’s death was announced about an hour before Sachs and others were set to take their oaths at a virtual citizenship ceremony. Although Sachs expected a scramble to change the wording of the oath, he said the ceremony went off without a hitch.
IRCC told that written references to the citizenship oath will be changed “in due course,” despite the fact that the Canadian government website still acknowledges Queen Elizabeth (as of the date of publication).
“Following Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing [on September 8], the reference to Her Majesty in the Oath of Citizenship was amended to refer to King Charles III, in accordance with the Interpretation Act, and this change applies to all citizenship ceremonies going forward,” an IRCC spokesperson said in an email. “In due course, the Citizenship Act and written references to the Oath of Citizenship will be formally amended.”
The final step for permanent residents to become Canadian citizens is to take the Oath of Citizenship at a citizenship ceremony.
About taking the Oath of Canadian Citizenship
Permanent residents aged 14 and up must attend a citizenship ceremony and take the oath, according to the Canadian government website.
Children under the age of 14 are not required to attend, but they are welcome. If these children do not attend the ceremony, their parents will receive certificates of citizenship on their behalf.
A judge or citizenship official will administer the Oath of Citizenship in both English and French during the ceremony. Participants are expected to repeat after the official in at least one of the official languages and to sing the bilingual national anthem.
You can either “swear” or “affirm” the oath. According to the Canadian government, the phrase “I swear” is used by people who want to express their religious beliefs. If you want to swear the oath, you may bring a holy book with you. “I affirm” is used by those who do not want to refer to a religious text.
You will receive your citizenship certificate and officially become a Canadian citizen after taking the oath of citizenship.