No matter one’s country of residence, there are typically a number of ways in which citizens can get involved with the community at large and bring their own personality aspects and personal pasts to the substance of the nation. In Canada, opportunities for citizens to take part in social and political life abound, and joining in on national customs and past times can be a rewarding way to become closer to the country and its people. Immigrants in Canada may be able to enjoy some opportunities for learning about Canadian customs and ideals and may even get the chance to add their own opinions and thoughts from time to time, but it can be a significant challenge to truly take part in Canadian life without the benefits of citizenship. Though the tradition is certainly not distinct to Canada alone, marriage is an important part of most people’s lives in the country, and planning a community event that brings families and neighbors together to celebrate love and kinship can serve as a major component of one’s experience as a Canadian citizen.
Marriage is sometimes targeted as a route to citizenship in some countries that are desirable to immigrants, and Canada is doubtless among such nations. While instances of so-called marriage fraud may be rare, they do exist, and immigrants without permanent or legal status may find it difficult to rally support for their weddings. When people who have independently declared their desire to contribute to and benefit from inclusion in the Canadian population through applying for citizenship marry, however, there is no reason to suspect foul play, and couples can typically expect a greater degree of community acceptance. Canadians who marry, either within their own communities or ethnic groups or outside of them entirely, can enjoy taking part in a tradition that is highly valued in Canada, and which may also allow for specific family and financial benefits that cannot be secured by immigrants.
Once immigrants have gone through the process of applying for citizenship and receiving it, they are often in a better position to find work, meet new people, and make new friends, allowing them to establish a circle of support around themselves as they journey through life. This circle is often a considerable part of marriage proceedings, providing many enthusiastic and friendly witnesses for the event and welcome guests for the reception. As a Canadian citizen, a bride or groom to be can rely on more opportunities and options both for their ceremony and for their life as part of a married couple living and working in one of the many Canadian provinces. Though passion and eagerness sometimes lead couples to marry as soon as possible, no matter the potential consequences or missed possibilities, saving marriage until Canadian citizenship has been secured is a wise choice, whether immigrants travel to Canada with a fiancé in tow or discover their partner once inside Canada’s borders.