Vancouver Whitecaps FC will welcome 60 new Canadians on Canada Day during a special citizenship ceremony preceding Sunday’s match at BC Place. The citizenship ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. PT .

On behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Dr. Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre will welcome the new members to our Canadian family.

This citizenship ceremony will be presided over by new Citizenship Judge Carol-Ann Hart, marking her first ceremony in this role. It is one of 46 taking place across the country.

Whitecaps FC club legends Bob Lenarduzzi and Carl Valentine will also speak at the event. Lenarduzzi was born and raised in East Vancouver after his parents immigrated from Italy, and has been with the ‘Caps since the club’s inaugural season in 1974. Valentine immigrated to Canada from England in 1979 to play for the Whitecaps. He would later become a Canadian citizen and, along with Lenarduzzi, represent Canada at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Both proud Canadians remain in the Lower Mainland, living in North Vancouver.

Canadians across the country are encouraged to reaffirm their citizenship and share what citizenship means to them on social media using #MyCitizenship.