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Virtual citizenship ceremony allows COVID-19 researcher to become a Canadian and begin essential work

Canadian citizenship will allow Dr. Adolf Ng to begin conducting vital research that may help Canada recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
April 04, 2020
Dr. Adolf Ng had his Canadian citizenship conferred virtually. Photo: Twitter/Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Dr. Adolf Ng had his Canadian citizenship conferred virtually. Photo: Twitter/Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Dr. Adolf Ng was set to take his citizenship test in March before all such operations were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. When his research proposal received federal government funding, as part of its efforts to find solutions to problems caused by the virus, Ng realized that he would need to travel to China to conduct critical parts of the research. In order to do that, he needed a Canadian passport.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada therefore decided to grant Ng his Canadian citizenship on April 2 via a virtual ceremony, the first of its kind in this country.

A British citizen who researches and teaches about supply chains at the University of Manitoba, Ng says the travel is necessary to help him and his team identify problems in supply chains and find solutions that work for Canada. He sees this as the perfect opportunity to offer his service to his newly adopted home.

The government made the exception to their in-person ceremony rules so that Ng could undertake what they call “essential work” fighting against the effects of COVID-19.

Source: Global News

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