Honorary Canadian citizenship

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Honorary Canadian citizenship (or in official sources 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][3]

# Name Image Award date Information
1 Raoul Wallenberg Raoul Wallenberg.jpg 1985
Swedish diplomat and humanitarian.[4]
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.[5]
3 Tenzin Gyatso Tenzin Gyatso - Trento 2013 01.JPG 2006 The 14th Dalai Lama and recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.[6]
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.[7]
5 Karim Aga Khan IV Agha-Khan-IV.jpg 2010 49th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.[8][9]
6 Malala Yousafzai Malala Yousafzai at Oval Office 2013 cropped.jpg Awarded in 2014,[10] received in 2017[11] Pakistani women's rights and education activist, and recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.[12]
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  1. ^ "Citizenship and Immigration Canada: CP7: Waivers; 1. Waivers, 1.22. Governor-in-Council directs Minister" (PDF). 
  2. ^ a b "Citizenship and Immigration Canada; Canadian Immigration and Citizenship Indexing Terms - H". 
  3. ^ Levitz, Stephanie (October 22, 2014). "Five things to know about honorary Canadian citizenship". Global News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  4. ^ Government of Canada Honours Canadian Honorary Citizen Raoul Wallenberg, Department of Canadian Heritage News Release, January 16, 2003
  5. ^ http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=2332124&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=37&Ses=1#LINK243 |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 2001-06-12. 
  6. ^ http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?pub=hansard&mee=46&parl=39&ses=1&language=E&x=1#SOB-1619342 |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 2006-06-22. 
  7. ^ http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=39&Ses=2&DocId=3078171#SOB-2175517 |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 2007-10-17. 
  8. ^ http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2&DocId=4012641#SOB-2849627 |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 2009-06-19. 
  9. ^ "Mawlana Hazar Imam is made an honorary citizen of Canada". TheIsmaili.org. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Senate of Canada - Debates". Senate of Canada. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  11. ^ CAMPION-SMITH, BRUCE; BOUTILIER, ALEX (April 12, 2017). "Malala Yousafzai has become an honorary Canadian citizen | Toronto Star". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  12. ^ "Malala Yousafzai to get honorary Canadian citizenship". CBC. October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013.