CAP Member,

Here is your Cultural Access Pass Members' newsletter for the month of October. It's filled with suggestions on how to make the most of your pass and free admission to more than 1,000 attractions across Canada.

Your pass expires on the anniversary of your citizenship ceremony — don't miss your chance to explore the best of Canada for free!

Discover what's new for you:

  1. Celebrate National Citizenship Week
  2. Share your story of arrival to Canada
  3. Special offers & events: free tickets to live music and more
  4. Newest attractions: another 6 attractions join CAP
  5. In other news: food for diverse thoughts
  6. Do you know… how to redeem a CAP offer?

October 15th marks the beginning of National Citizenship Week in Canada.

Your citizenship ceremony isn't the only place where you can celebrate being a Canadian citizen. During Citizenship Week, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) is encouraging all Canadians to celebrate by taking a moment to welcome other new citizens, playing an active role in your community or visiting our website to add your thoughts on being Canadian to our word cloud.

At the ICC we are celebrating by expanding CAP into the cities of London, Mississauga and Windsor, adding 33 new attractions to the roster of almost 1,200 attractions available to you for free! Keep an eye out for an email from us with more details in the coming weeks.

We are also proud to be a part of four very special ceremonies organized by our Building Citizenship program's national network of more than 700 volunteers and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. These ceremonies are special because they take place in the heart of communities across the country and have unique roundtable discussions.

  • October 15 at Rideau Hall, Ottawa: for the second year, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will host a special ceremony at Rideau Hall welcoming 50 new Canadians.
  • October 17 at Mohawk College, Hamilton : 45 new Canadians will make their citizenship official.
  • October 18 at TL Kennedy Secondary School, Cooksville : for the third year, CBC Toronto will broadcast Metro Morning live on location prior to the ceremony and several CBC personalities will lead roundtable discussions with 45 new Canadians from 19 countries. Tune in online to hear the broadcast!
  • October 19 at the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto : 60 new Canadians from 17 countries will officially become citizens.

Share your stories, thoughts and opinions with the ICC and our partners

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 wants to hear your story of arrival to Canada. They are collecting stories from new Canadians across the country for a special travelling exhibition called Canada: Day 1. Do you remember your first day in Canada? Share your memories with the Museum and they'll become a permanent part of the Museum's oral history collection. Click here [] to find out more.

This week, CAP members will gather in Brampton to discuss Canadians' involvement in politics and government as part of Samara Canada's nation-wide Democracy Talks project. This is the first of several discussions being organized throughout Ontario. Stay tuned for the results!

We've got more opportunities to participate! Are you interested in helping us build a political system that is more responsive to the needs of Canadians? We are running more focus groups in Kitchener-Waterloo on November 1st, Hamilton on November 8th, and Guelph (date to be determined later in November). Email Heather at for more information.

Special Offers & Events

Coming Soon! Keep an eye on your inbox for special offers from local performing arts attractions. Live music, theatre, dance and opera are just some of the new offerings being developed for you.

Extra perks just for you!

Read the latest list of discounts and offers available from CAP attractions.

Exclusive tours

Tours are a great introduction to Canadian culture, and tour guides help you and your family feel at home visiting a place for the first time, providing information about our country's history, art, innovations or future. Use the calendar on the CAP website to find tours, workshops, behind-the-scenes and other events.

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Newest Attractions

This month, another 6 attractions joined the CAP program and invite you to discover all they have to offer!

Sudbury, ON - Get up-close to animal ambassadors, be amazed by live science shows and experience a new 4D attraction in the Vale Cavern at Northern Ontario's most popular museum, Science North.

Sudbury, ON - Explore another world underground! Dynamic Earth is an innovative mining and geology centre that lets you explore the planet beneath your feet. It's also the home of Sudbury's famous Big Nickel. Hurry, Dynamic Earth closes for the winter on October 14!

Windsor, ON - Discover the many services available for you at the Windsor Public Library* including, the printing of your CAP membership card. The Library is CAP's first designated Pickup Location in the area!

Mississauga, ON - See what it was like to settle in Mississauga 182 years ago by visiting the Bradley Museum* a small saltbox style farmhouse built for an immigrant family from the US.

Mississauga, ON - Step back into the era of the early 1900's and enjoy the picturesque setting at The Benares Historic House*. Begin your tour at the Visitor Centre, explore the interpretive gallery and get to know the family who lived here many years ago.

Mississauga, ON - Learn about the history of Streetsville in a remarkable setting. The Leslie Log House's rich archival exhibitions, educational programming and the building itself are worth the visit.

Don't miss out - visit the CAP website often for the most up-to-date list of attractions you can visit for free with your Cultural Access Pass!

*Indicates a designated Pickup Location

In Other News

Order! Order! Series

Food for Diverse Thoughts - CAP Members dine with Orders of Canada and Emerging Leaders

Last July, we asked if you wanted to join us for Order! Order!, a unique dinner-debate series bringing together three distinct, important and diverse groups within Canadian society - Members of the Order of Canada or Ontario, emerging leaders and new Canadian citizens (like you) - to explore topics of national significance.

The first dinner was held on September 27, and the discussion topic was immigration & innovation. Thank you to the 20 CAP Members who found themselves deep in discussion with George Cohon (founder of McDonald's Canada), Margot Franssen (founder of The Body Shop Canada), theatre impresario David Mirvish, clothier Harry Rosen and Amanda Lang (CBC News host). New voices from emerging leaders and new citizens included those of: Andrew Graham, Senior Director at The Weston Group and Co-Chair of CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), Adaoma Patterson, a poverty reduction specialist at the Region of Peel, and Mun Tham, a new citizen from Malaysia who now works in strategy at the Bank of Montreal.

The next event is being planned for early 2013. Read more and find out how you can get involved in Order! Order!.

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Do You Know...

How to redeem a CAP offer?

pI oʇoɥd puɐ pɹɐɔ dıɥsɹǝqɯǝɯ ɹnoʎ ʍoɥS

Institute for Canadian Citizenship's Cultural Access Pass
Laissez-passer culturel de l'Institut pour la citoyenneté canadienne

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