The eBook allows a reader to listen to an audio version of the guide while they follow along by reading the text on any digital viewer.
Since launching in 2009, almost one million hard copies and 400,000 digital copies of the guide have been distributed, which CIC says makes it one of the most widely read government publications in Canadian history.
The audio portion of the eBook includes readings by well known Canadians Adrienne Clarkson, Ian Hanomansing and, in the French version, Jean-Benoît Rainville.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced the new integrated audio eBook to coincide with Canada Day:
“I’m pleased to launch the audio eBook version of Discover Canada just in time for Canada Day. This is yet another way those studying for the citizenship test can learn about Canada’s history, values, symbols and important institutions.”
The new guide could help improve the pass rate of Canadian citizenship exam takers, which has fallen in recent years as the test has been made more difficult.