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Newcomer Day celebrates new Torontonians

The fourth annual Toronto Newcomer Day was held recently at Nathan Phillips Square to welcome newcomers to Toronto and celebrate their contributions.

Mayor John Tory was joined by Council’s Newcomer Advocates Councillor Jim Karygiannis and Councillor Neethan Shan as well as City of Toronto staff.

The afternoon program included fusion band Moskittos Bar, Indigenous cultural performer Cylene Morrison, musician Ruben Esguerra from Bogota and African dance company Lua Shayenne.

A citizenship ceremony for 39 new Canadians was held in Nathan Phillips Square in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. More than 80 community agencies and City of Toronto divisions took part in an information fair to share information about resources to help newcomers settle in Toronto.

“Every year we welcome new Torontonians from all over the world,” said Mayor Tory. “Today we celebrate the amazing contributions newcomers make to this city and embrace many cultures and languages.”

“Toronto is proof that individuals from different backgrounds can come together to create vibrant communities,” said Councillor Karygiannis. “It is important that newcomers know how to access City and community services to settle and thrive in Toronto.”

“Diversity not only enriches the community, it brings to light new perspectives on the world,” said Councillor Shan. “It is what defines Toronto’s identity as a multicultural and lively city.”

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. 

More information about Newcomer Day is available at www.toronto.ca/newcomer.

Posted: Jul 3, 2018

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