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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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.
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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.
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.
"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.
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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