The Calgary Stampede extends a western welcome to new Canadians with the Cultural Access Pass
So – just who are those lucky folks with complimentary passes to the Calgary Stampede, anyway?
They are Canada’s newest citizens who’ve registered for the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s (ICC) Cultural Access Pass.
Since the program’s launch five years ago, more than 60,000 new Canadians, in their first year of citizenship, have registered for their Cultural Access Pass to receive free access to more than 1200 of Canadian cultural attractions from coast-to-coast. It’s a gift intended to welcome and encourage new citizens to explore the best in Canadian culture from art galleries, museums, to parks, festivals and performing arts; that’s more than three attractions per day if you were determined to see them all in the pass’s year of eligibility!
For the second year in a row, the Calgary Stampede is proudly participating in the program, providing free admission to pass-holders for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, held from July 5-14, 2013. This is great news for CAP members like Andres Silva, a native of Venezuela, who say the pass is like an unlimited invitation to everything that makes our country unique.
“The Cultural Access Pass program has been a great opportunity for me to learn even more about Canadian culture and history. I’ve gone to concerts, events, museums, parks and campsites that I wouldn't have visited or attended otherwise,” Silva acknowledges. “I've absolutely gained a deeper understanding of this country.”
Specifically, what does free entry into the Stampede mean for Andres?
“Having access to the Calgary Stampede this year is one more of the great perks this program has offered me. I'm looking forward to my first Stampede as a proud Venezuelan-Canadian,” he says.
Although participation in the Cultural Access Pass is only for new Canadian citizens in their first year of citizenship (starting the date they’re sworn-in) and valid until the first anniversary of their citizenship, the memories it creates will surely last much longer. And, we can’t think of a better place to kick-off those memories than the Calgary Stampede.
For more information on the Cultural Access Pass program and to learn more about the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, please visit the ICC’s website icc-icc.ca.