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Toronto, May 29 (Canadian-Media): Newcomers to Toronto were welcomed today at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto during the fourth annual Toronto Newcomer Day to celebrate their contributions, media reports said.
Toronto Newcomer Day was sponsored by Tim Hortons, Metroland Media, Chatr and HSBC Canada.
Toronto Mayor John Tory, joined by Council's Newcomer Advocates Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt) and Councillor Neethan Shan (Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River) as well as City of Toronto staff, proclaimed today as Newcomer Day.
This afternoon's program included fusion band Moskittos Bar, Indigenous cultural performer Cylene Morrison, musician Ruben Esguerra from Bogata and African dance company Lua Shayenne.
In partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, a citizenship ceremony for 39 new Canadians was held on Nathan Phillips Square.
An information fair, participated by more than 80 community agencies and City of Toronto divisions was held to share information about resources to help newcomers settle in Toronto.
“Every year we welcome new Torontonians from all over the world," said Tory. “Today we celebrate the amazing contributions newcomers make to this city and embrace many cultures and languages.”
John Tory. Image credit: Facebook page
“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."