Changes to the Canadian Citizenship Rules in 2017

Anyone who is born in Canada on or after  Feb 4, 1977, is automatically a Canadian Citizen. Some people, however, immigrate to Canada as Permanent Residents and then become citizens. This group is called naturalized citizens. To become a naturalized citizen you need to meet certain conditions such as knowing the official languages, meeting the residency requirements, and having no major issues with the law.

The Government of Canada made several changes to the Citizenship Act in 2015. Those changes created chaos. For example, candidates needed to meet challenging conditions to become citizens. They had to promise the government they intended to live in Canada for the rest of their lives. The latter was contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Dual citizens could lose their Canadia Citizenship because of crimes such as treason, espionage, and terrorism. While punishing traitors and criminals is necessary, losing citizenship over it seems to be an irrelevant punishment.

Luckily, the new Government of Canada proposed several changes to the Canadian Citizenship Act which practically reverses many of 2015 changes. The changes will come into effect as follows:

Canadian Citizenship

Effective June 19, 2017

  • None of the Canadian Citizens are forced to live or remain in Canada. They may enjoy their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (subsection 6(1) of the Constitution Act, 1982).
  • Dual Citizens will enjoy the same rights as other Canadian Citizens. They won’t lose their citizenship because of the acts against Canadian security. Of course, they may face criminal charges, imprisonment, etc. if they threaten the security of Canadians.

Effective Fall 2017

  • When applying for before citizenship, they need to show they lived an equivalent of three years  out of the past five years in Canada (previously four out of six years among other limitations)
  • Only those candidates who are between 18 and 54 need to show proof of language proficiency and take the citizenship test (previously between 14 and 64)
  • If the candidate held a work permit, was a refugee claimant, or held a study permit prior to becoming a Permanent Resident of Canada then part of their residency at the time will be considered for their citizenship application (previously only the PR residency was acceptable)

Effective January 2018

  • The Federal Court of Canada will be the decision-maker on revoking Canadian Citizenship. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has no final say on this matter anymore.

The roadmap for Canadian Citizenship is now brighter. If you want our firm to help you with the process, please contact us. We can also help you with visa, study permits, work permits, and permanent residency applications.


Relevant article:

Related Posts

Temporary measure for spouses and children of temporary foreign workers

Temporary measure for spouses and children of temporary foreign workers

Jan 30, 2023
What is the BC PNP Tech Stream

What is the BC PNP Tech Stream?

Jan 29, 2023
the highest paying jobs in Canada in 2023

Top 10: the highest paying jobs in Canada in 2023

Jan 28, 2023
initiatives at Canadas ports of entry

Initiatives at Canada’s ports of entry

Jan 27, 2023

If you wish to visit or move to Canada, please fill out our free assessment form. We will review it for free, but we will contact you only if we find an opportunity for you. Alternatively, you may book a consultation session. Consultation sessions are not free, but you will receive formal advice from a licenced practitioner.

Al Parsai, MA, DTM, RCIC
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
Ashton College Instructor – Immigration Consulting
Author – 88 Tips on Immigration to Canada

Fill our Free Canada Immigration Assessment Form in your language!

This article provides information of a general nature only. Considering the fluid nature of the immigration world, it may no longer be current. Of course, the item does not give legal advice. Therefore, do not rely on it as legal advice or immigration advice. Consequently, no one could hold us accountable for the content of these articles. Of course, if you have specific legal questions, you must consult a lawyer. Alternatively, if you are looking for immigration advice, book an appointment.

The characters and places in the articles:
All the characters and locations in the articles are fictional, unless otherwise clearly stated. Therefore, any resemblance in names, dates, and places is coincidental.

Important Notes:
For our official addresses, trust this website only. We currently do not have offices outside Canada. Therefore, anyone who claims to be our agent is committing fraud. Also, note that we do not issue any work permits or study permits or similar documents. The government of Canada has the sole authority to issue such material.

Click to read the disclaimer.

Al Parsai

Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (class L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) in Toronto, Canada. He is an adjunct professor at Queen's University Law School and Ashton College. Al, who holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University, is a member of CICC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented thousands of applicants from more than 50 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

Do you have any questions?