The Institute for Canadian Citizenship known as the ICC, officially launched its unique Cultural Access Pass (CAP) program in the City of Windsor this week. Five attractions, such as the Windsor Public Library and the Leamington Arts Centre have joined the program.
Coast-to-coast-to-coast, the Cultural Access Pass provides new Canadian citizens, and their children, a year of free access to Canadian attractions, from museums and historic sites to national and provincial parks. The program connects new citizens to a wealth of Canadian experiences including exclusive travel discounts with VIA Rail Canada and access to volunteer and employment resources.
“The City of Windsor is proud to be a partner in this important initiative,” said Mary Ellen Bernard, Project Manager of the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership. “Last year, more than 1,200 new citizens chose to make Windsor their home. I see no better way to welcome them than with the Cultural Access Pass program.”
The Cultural Access Pass program was launched a mere four years ago with only six Toronto-based attractions, and this year marks its expansion into the cities of London, Mississauga and Windsor, adding 33 new attractions to its national roster of almost 1,200.
The following Windsor Attractions have been added to it this year:
- Art Gallery of Windsor
- Comber District Historical Society
- Essex Region Conservation Authority
- the Leamington Arts Centre
- Windsor’s Community Museum
- the Windsor Public Library.
“We’re excited to bring our program here and hope Windsor’s newest citizens will sign-up and visit attractions in their local community as well as take advantage of CAP’s great VIA Rail offer to explore new places and spaces outside of their hometown,” said Gillian Hewitt Smith, Executive Director and CEO, Institute for Canadian Citizenship.