Canada operates as a parliamentary democracy. At every federal election, every Canadian citizen over the age of 18 can cast a ballot to vote for our Prime Minister. But in addition to federal elections, there are also regular provincial and municipal elections that citizens can vote in.
Voting gives you a say in who runs your country, province, territory, and town. This a major benefit and responsibility of Canadian citizenship.
As a Canadian citizen, you can also run for office. If you’re interested you can run in municipal, provincial, or federal elections.
There are several major political parties in Canada. If you’re interested in getting involved in politics, you can join a youth wing, or run as an independent candidate.
As a Canadian citizen, you can apply to get a Canadian passport. Unlike PR cards, passports only need to be renewed every 5-10 years.
The Canadian passport is ranked among the best in the world. With a Canadian passport, you can travel to a number of countries around the world without needing a visa. Your Canadian passport will also allow you to re-enter the country more easily than your permanent residence travel documents would.
If you are a Canadian citizen and you have a child, whether that child is born in Canada or not, they are automatically a Canadian citizen. This means they can benefit from your status without going through the same process of applying for Canadian citizenship.
If you are a permanent resident, your child will be a Canadian citizen only if that child is born in Canada. If your child is born abroad, you will have to sponsor him or her.
As a Canadian citizen, you are free to live anywhere in the world you like for as long as you like, and you will not lose your citizenship. Unlike permanent residency, there are no residency requirements for Canadian citizens. The only restriction is that Canadians living abroad for a period of more than five years lose the right to vote in federal elections.
Did you know: Since 1977, the Canadian government has recognized multiple citizenship. That means that you don’t have to give up your previous citizenship when you become a Canadian citizen.
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