Federal Minister Announces Big Changes to Citizenship Act in Brampton


A brand new set of amendments to what it takes to become a Canadian citizen were released yesterday, and the important changes were announced by a federal minister right here in Brampton! What’s more - the changes are set to come into effect very soon.

Brampton’s a growing city that’s gearing up for the future, so it’s no surprise that it was chosen as the location for a very important announcement. The Liberal government’s promise to make some changes to the Citizenship Act via Bill C-6 has come to light, and some changes to requirements for permanent residents who are applying for citizenship will come into effect on October 11, 2017.

Federal minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, was indeed in Brampton yesterday to announce the changes.

This is a huge milestone that might just make it easier for many individuals to obtain Canadian citizenship. The changes repeal many aspects of the former government’s Bill C-24, such as changes to physical presence and the age required to meet language and knowledge requirements for permanent residents.

Here’s a look at some of the changes:

Any citizenship applicants who meet these new requirements must wait until they come into effect on October 11 when the new citizenship application forms and guides will be available.

The new requirements will give more flexibility to both younger and older eligible immigrants to obtain citizenship,” said the federal government in a statement. “They will also help individuals who have already begun building lives in Canada achieve citizenship faster.”

A few other changes came into effect back in June under the Liberal government, including repealing the ability to revoke citizenship from dual citizens convicted of crimes against the national interest, no longer requiring applicants to intend to continue to reside in Canada once granted citizenship, and making it easier for minors to apply for citizenship without a Canadian or permanent resident parent, according to the government.

The Government encourages all immigrants to take the path towards citizenship and take advantage of everything that being a Canadian has to offer,” said Hussen on the new 

Even more changes to the Citizenship Act are set to come into effect later this year and in early 2018. Stay tuned for details.

Hopefully, these changes will have a positive impact on newcomers’ lives in Canada!

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