We made the promise to repeal Bill C-24, and make it easier for newcomers to achieve citizenship faster.
On October 11, 2017, the changes resulting from Bill C-6 will come into effect, removing important barriers for permanent residents. The Citizenship Act will:
–Reduce the time permanent residents must be physically present in Canada before applying for citizenship from four out of six years to three out of five years.
–Return the age range for applicants to meet the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship from 14 to 64 years to 18 to 54 years, previously amended by the former government.
–Count each day an applicant was physically present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person as half a day towards meeting their physical presence requirements for citizenship, up to a maximum of 365 days within five years before applying for citizenship.
–Reduce the time required for applicants to file income taxes before applying for citizenship from four out of six years to three out of five years, to align with the physical presence requirements.
These changes make it easier for immigrants to achieve citizenship and begin building stable lives in Canada. Citizenship is a pillar of successful integration, and we are proud to help this nation become stronger in its diversity.