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It’s Canadian Citizenship Week!

This week marks big celebrations for many in Canada, as it is Canadian Citizenship Week! The week, celebrated from October 8th to 14th, marks the anniversary of new laws making it easier for hard working permanent residents to become citizens. The week offers an opportunity for all those who call themselves Canadian to celebrate the country and its many freedoms!

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Canadian Citizenship Week

Over the past year, 152,000 new people have received their Canadian citizenship. This is an increase in almost 50,000 from the previous year, due to the introduction of a new law Bill C 6 last October, by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government. Bill C 6 has made it easier for those who wish to become Canadian citizens, allowing more people to officially become Canadians!

Citizenship Week occurs every year, encouraging celebrations across the country. This year, 72 special citizenship ceremonies will take place throughout Canada over the course of the week!

Citizenship Week also falls during Women’s History Month, and citizenship celebrations will reflect this by recognizing the incredible achievements of women in Canada. Prominent Canadian women will be featured at citizenship ceremonies across the country.

What do you get as a Canadian citizen?

Citizenship is the status which gives its holders the highest degree of rights and access to services in Canada. Citizens are able to live and work anywhere in Canada. They have full access to Canada’s universal healthcare and social services. As well, Canadian citizens have the right to vote in all elections.

Perhaps most notably, citizenship status cannot be revoked. Once a person is a Canadian citizen, they will remain so regardless of whether or not they continue to live in Canada.

How do you become a Canadian citizen?

In order to become a Canadian citizen, a person must first be a Canadian permanent resident. As a permanent resident, the person must meet a certain residency requirement. Presently, the residency requirement is such that a permanent resident must be physically present within Canada for 3 out of the 5 years prior to applying.

Anyone over the age of 18 must complete a Citizenship Test when applying to become a citizen. Those under the age of 18 are exempt from this requirement.

As long as a person meets these requirements, they simply have to submit a complete application. Presently, applications for citizenship are processed in less than 12 months.

How do you become a Canadian permanent resident?

The first step to becoming a Canadian citizen, is actually becoming a Canadian permanent resident. Permanent residents have almost the same rights as citizens, except they are not able to vote and they must stay in Canada for a predetermined amount of time in order to maintain status.

There are a few ways to become a permanent resident:

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