Federal Govt: Welcoming new Canadians with Toronto FC

June 24, 2015 — TORONTO — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Toronto FC Community Ambassador Dwayne De Rosario personally welcomed 30 of Canada’s newest citizens from 16 countries during a special citizenship ceremony at BMO Field today, in advance of tonight’s Major League Soccer game.

Family and friends watched on from the stands as the moving citizenship ceremony played out at field level between the home and away benches. Minister Alexander delivered a speech welcoming Canada’s newest citizens while Citizenship Judge Angelo Persichilli presided over the ceremony. Dwayne De Rosario, the all-time leading scorer for Toronto FC and the Canadian National Team, provided welcoming remarks on behalf of Toronto FC.

At the ceremony, Alexander emphasized the importance of soccer in bringing together individuals of different cultures. Tonight, these new citizens will return to the field to proudly carry the Canadian flag during the National Anthem before Toronto FC takes on Canadian rival, the Montreal Impact at BMO Field.

Quick facts

  • In 2014, 3,121 citizenship ceremonies were held across Canada, where more than 262,000 new citizens were welcomed – this is more new Canadians than in any year in Canada’s history and more than double the number from 2013.
  • 2015 is the Year of Sport in Canada, and its overarching theme is “Canada: A Leading Sport Nation.”


“As Canadians, we welcome and are proud of the growing role soccer plays in uniting individuals and communities. That is why it is so moving to welcome these new members of the Canadian family together with Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC and here at BMO Field, which today is truly a field of dreams for these new Canadians. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to this country’s 30 newest citizens.”

Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister

“My parents immigrated to Canada from Guyana, so I can appreciate what an incredible day this is for each new citizen and their family. Playing for Canada’s National Team gave me the opportunity to take the pitch with players from all over the world and I’m very proud that 30 new citizens took their oath of citizenship at Canada’s National Soccer Stadium, BMO Field. I’m also excited that these new citizens have the chance to watch the Toronto FC match tonight and enjoy the international sport that brings people from so many different nations together.”

Dwayne De Rosario, Community Ambassador of the Toronto FC.


  • Rosenmops

    …more than 262,000 new citizens were welcomed – this is more new Canadians than in any year in Canada’s history and more than double the number from 2013.

    I wonder how many of them are arselifters. our government hates us, apparently. I

    • occupant 9

      Yes, and we hate ourselves. We abort too many children then have too few on the other side.

      Muslims represent birth rate which for gov’t idiots means tax dollars, which, amounts to handing the country to Mohamadans; excessively shortsighted and treasonously negligent.

      “We” get Muslims positioning themselves as “oppressed” at the same time as they plan to implement Sharia which by design, oppresses everyone, esp non-Muslims.

      How do you suppose the gov’t doesn’t know that immigration to Muslims means colonization? Or do you think this is one of the strengths they see in Muslim immigrants?

      • Petey

        They know that muslim immigration means colonization. They just don’t care. The “Conservatives” are no different than the NDP and Liberals in this regard. F*ck ’em all.

  • Rosenmops

  • winterdog1

    Everything free now bring parents Grandparents also Mohammod nieces and nephews from ISIS fresh from cutting heads of

  • just a thought

    Any more insane policies, and it will soon be “Gouvernement Does Canada.”

  • We need more subdivisions. Wherever there’s farmland left it’ll become suburbs filled with Arabs.

  • simus1

    Did the speaker forget to delve into the psycho narcissism of certain nuturalized Canadian nationalities/ethnic groups/races who turn out en masse when their “home” soccer team shows up from overseas to play here in TO? Hint.They don’t usually get involved in cheering for good plays by both sides if the Canadian team is the opposing side.
    Bring in hordes of muslims or watch the housing bubble collapse? Which choice would the banks prefer?

    • occupant 9

      Our “economic” immigrants cost us between $16B – $23B a year. MOST of the immigrants where I work don’t call Canada “home” and many have a plan to retire back “home.” That means the gov’t will be sending pensions oversees to enrich somebody else’s “home.”

      So much for whatever the banks might make … unless they ALL become Sharia compliant … and that’s already in play.