Changes to the Citizenship Act

On June 19, 2014, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act became law. The changes that came into effect include:

  • fast-tracking citizenship for members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
  • making the first generation limit on citizenship for those born abroad clearer
  • extending the exception to the first generation limit to ensure the grandchildren of Crown servants can get citizenship
  • giving the Minister the authority to approve discretionary citizenship grants

Changes that came into effect on August 1, 2014, include:

  • a new judicial review and appeals process
  • improved efficiency of the application process
  • a new streamlined decision-making process for citizenship applications

In 2015, final changes came into force, such as:

Other changes that came into force include:

  • the revocation decision-making process
  • grounds for revocation of citizenship 

Results of the changes

As of November 2014, changes to the Citizenship Act and the citizenship improvements have allowed us to:

Date Modified: