The federal government and the Edmonton Oilers partnered to welcome 12 new Canadian citizens at Rogers Place Saturday afternoon as part of Canada 150 celebrations.

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi and Mayor Don Iveson attended the swearing-in ceremony at Rogers Place.


“This is a special one because Rogers Place is a hallowed ground for hockey,” Iveson said. “It’s such an important part of Edmonton’s story and history, so to know that these Edmontonians and new Canadians will always associate their citizenship with this place and the heart of our city is just an exciting memory for us to all carry.”


 “This is not just about hockey,” Sohi said. “This is about community, this is about events that we experienced today where new Canadians came and became part of the Canadian family.”

The new Canadians will be honoured during a pre-game ceremony when the Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night.