This morning we both sat our examination for Canadian Citizenship. We had been given about 6 weeks notice that it would happen today and so had the opportunity to study for it.
It was a multiple choice style exam covering Canadian history, politics, geography, economics and culture. Although David and I were given different exam papers we both agreed it seemed fairly straightforward, but only thanks to the studying, revision and test exams we had taken in the previous few weeks. I suspect that many born & bred Canadians might struggle on some of the information required : What year was the Constitutional Act that divided the Province of Canada into Upper Canada and Lower Canada ? Who was Sir Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine ? What is the name of the The Sovereigns representative in the Territories ? and as we sit in our home-office looking out at a million trees in a Province with a billion trees, seemingly obvious questions such as Which Province produces the most pulp & paper are sometimes not what you expect……Quebec.
I’m sure we would also not fare well taking the British citizenship exam without prior studying and I think they are often focused on factors that play a very small part in most citizens day to day lives.
Now, if only the questions were – How much is a tall-extra shot-vanilla bean-latte at Starbucks ?, what are the five flavours in a 12-piece box of Timbits or How are the Canucks doing at defending a spot in the Playoffs ? Well….the exam would probably have a much higher pass rate !
Anyway, we sat the exam at the Citizenship & Immigration Centre which is downtown in the shadow of BC Place Stadium. I actually took this photo yesterday when I came down to find where we would need to go so that it would be easy for the actual exam. Today, it is snowing at home and raining downtown, a proper Vancouver winter day.
Now we sit and wait. Apparently it works on a ‘no news is good news’ basis. They will tell us if we failed. Assuming we have passed the exam then they will invite us to a swearing in ceremony in about 2-3 months.
After which, we become Canadian !
Incidently, if anybody wants to test their Canadian Citizenship Trivia they can try a test exam here.