A Special Welcome Gift for Newcomers: Canoo

Written by Kristine, staff member, Halifax Central Library. Last updated on August 2023.

Is this your first year as a Canadian citizen? Or as a permanent resident of Canada? Start Canoo-ing across Canada!

Visit local attractions and more—for free

Canoo is made to open doors to Canadian culture for newcomers. During your first year of citizenship or permanent residency, you are encouraged to learn of the many cultural sites in Canada and to choose the cultural experiences of most interest to you.

Nova Scotia is included, too. Enjoy free admission for you and up to four children to:

  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
  • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
  • Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History 

What is Canoo?

Canoo, opens a new window is a mobile app that helps new Canadian citizens celebrate their citizenship by providing free admission to over 1400 museums, science centres, art galleries, parks, and historic sites across Canada. Canoo is open to newcomers to Canada within one year of your citizenship ceremony, or receipt of your permanent residency status. With the app, you can also receive special travel discounts, including 50% off VIA Rail Canada travel.

The program is administered by the charitable Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), which is proud to call the program “the only one of its kind in the world”, opens a new window.

Visit the Institute for Canadian Citizenship website to learn more about Canoo.

Canoo and Your Library

Halifax Public Libraries is proud to be a part of this national newcomer welcome network since January 2017. We started as a pickup location for the Cultural Access Pass (now the Canoo program) and now raise awareness of the Canoo app.

Canoo and the Library makes sense. Libraries are often a first stop for newcomers, we enjoy being an access point for this very special “welcome to Canada” gift.

Download Canoo

Canoo is available to download on the App Store and on Google Play.