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6 new Canadians take citizenship oath more than 300 metres off the ground
Suspended more than 300 meters above downtown Toronto, six new Canadians took the oath of citizenship on Tuesday from the edge of one of the world’s tallest structures.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen administered the oath to the new citizens, hailing from six different countries, as they were held in cables off the 116-story-high platform known as the EdgeWalk, on the side of the landmark CN Tower.

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This photo taken from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows six new Canadians taking their oaths of citizenship on the CN Tower EdgeWalk, in Toronto, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (IRCC / Twitter)

The tower, which soars 553 meters, has hosted citizenship ceremonies before, but not one from such breathless heights, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

“The sky is the limit with #Canadian citizenship,” tweeted the minister after the ceremony.

Six brave new Canadians took the citizenship oath more than 300 metres off the ground Tuesday morning. They ventured out on the CN Tower EdgeWalk, a surely daunting experience that had never been done before in the history of the citizenship oath in Canada.

The participants were suspended by two cables high above city of Toronto streets and walked all the way around the outside observation deck.

Six new Canadians took their oaths of citizenship 356 metres (1,167 feet) above Toronto on Tuesday, while hanging in harnesses on the edge of the CN Tower.

The participants included new Canadians from Armenia, Iraq, India, Jamaica, the Philippines and Ukraine. They said they were happy and proud to finally become Canadians and contribute to Canadian society.

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Ahmed Hussen joined the six immigrants for the experience, known as the EdgeWalk. He also delivered their oath.

"Was it scary at the beginning? Oh yes it was, for sure. But once you get out there you just forget," said Inna Lebchuk.

"It was great, it was awesome. It was surreal. Nothing… it's like a dream come true," said Marlon Blake.

Inna Levechuk, a new citizen from Ukraine, said she was shaking at first but that it wasnt scary at all.

Teams facilitating the experience are used to getting people comfortable with the unnerving height, said operations manager Robert Ng.

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"We're trying to challenge you to change your perception of height, to get that excitement, to really experience the city without glass, without platforms," he told CBC Toronto.

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen also attended the event to launch citizenship week, which runs from October 8 to 14.

"I'm so excited to be back in my hometown. What better location than the CN Tower, the greatest landmark in Canada?" said Hussen.

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