For many of us born in Canada, experiencing Canadian culture is a routine part of our lives – from visiting museums on class trips, to attending live performances and festivals with our families. Participating in, and appreciating, all forms of arts and culture is a way for us to connect with our community and our country.
Feeling connected and a sense of belonging is paramount for Canada’s newest citizens; after all, it takes courage to start fresh in a new country. This is why the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, a non-profit charity dedicated to celebrating Canadian citizenship and ensuring Canada’s newest citizens feel welcome and included, created the Cultural Access Pass (CAP) program.
The Cultural Access Pass is a gift to Canada’s newest citizens and their children. It opens doors by offering a year of free access to almost 1,200 Canadian attractions from museums, galleries and historic sites to national and provincial parks.
Cuthbert M., CAP Member, says:
The CAP Program introduces you to all things Canadian from an artistic point of view. You cannot get that hands-on experience in any book.
New citizens can explore the best in Canadian culture from coast-to-coast like the Museum of Vancouver, Banff National Park, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax - just to name a few!
CAP is in a league of its own. There isn’t another program in the world like it! This welcoming offer ignites a shared passion for Canadian cultural experiences, connecting attractions and new citizens for the long term.
Yan W. says:
It opens the door and it doesn’t cost you anything. By taking in these types of cultural experiences, you realize that life can be beyond what’s tied up in daily activities.
With the support of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, CAP is introduced to every new Canadian citizen at their citizenship ceremony (approximately 170,000 people each year), and to date, more than 60,000 new citizens have participated in the program.
Eric P, CAP Member, says:
I have no doubt that this will enrich me more about the heritage & current developments on arts and culture of Canada. Again, merci.
More CAP details, including a full list of participating attractions, can be found here: culturalaccesspass.ca.
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