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Toronto, May 16 (Canadian-Media): To welcome and celebrate the contributions of newcomers to Toronto, the third annual Toronto Newcomer Day was held on May 15 at City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square, media reports said.
“Toronto has been built by generations of newcomers," said Toronto Mayor John Tory in Ontario press release. “Every year we welcome tens of thousands of people from all over the world. Today we celebrate the tremendous contributions newcomers make to the fabric of this city.”
A citizenship ceremony for 40 new Canadians was held on Nathan Phillips Square in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. More than 50 community agencies and City of Toronto divisions took part in an information fair to share resources to help newcomers settle in Toronto.
Mayor John Tory, joined by Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39 Scarborough Agincourt), the City of Toronto's Newcomer Advocate, and Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, proclaimed May 15 as Newcomer Day. Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Zabeen Hirji, RBC's Chief Human Resources Officer, were special guests at the event, said the press release.
“Toronto’s multicultural tapestry is proof to the world that people from diverse backgrounds can come together and live in harmony,” said Minister Albanese. “Our government welcomes this diversity and is committed to ensuring that newcomers have the support they need to settle and succeed in Ontario.”
Sponsors of Toronto Newcomer Day were Metroland Media, Tim Hortons and Chatr.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)