Honorary Canadian citizenship

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Honorary Canadian citizenship (French: Citoyenneté canadienne honoraire) is an honour wherein Canadian citizenship is bestowed by the Governor-General-in-Council,[1] with the approval of parliament where appropriate,[2] on foreigners of exceptional merit. It is a symbolic honour; the recipient does not take the Oath of Citizenship and thus does not receive any rights, privileges, or duties typically held by a Canadian citizen.[2]

To date, five people have received the honour of having permanent Citizenship. Akshay Kumar, a Bollywood celebrity also awarded the honorary ambassador Citizenship of Canada in 2011 for a year. He became responsible to endorse the Canadian Tourism by sharing the duty of Brand Ambassador till the summer of 2012

# Name Image Award date Information
1 Raoul Wallenberg Raoul Wallenberg.jpg 1985 (posthumous) Swedish diplomat and Holocaust hero.[3]
2 Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela-2008 (edit).jpg 2001 Anti-apartheid activist, former President of South Africa, and recipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.[4]
3 Tenzin Gyatso Tenzin Gyatso - Trento 2013 01.JPG 2006 The 14th Dalai Lama and recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.[5]
4 Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi 17 November 2011.jpg 2007 Burmese opposition leader and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.[6]
5 His Highness the Aga Khan Agha-Khan-IV.jpg 2010 49th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.[7][8]
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On October 15, 2013, the Canadian Press reported that the upcoming Speech from the Throne would include mention of plans to make Malala Yousafzai an honorary Canadian citizen.[9]

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