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Major Changes to Canadian Citizenship Act Announced Today

Jonathan Arias - 07 February, 2014

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today revealed plans for comprehensive reforms to the Canadian Citizenship Act. These are the first major reforms to take place since 1977. The changes are part of Bill C-24, which has yet to be passed by Canadian Parliament.

The Act is being reformed to address citizenship issues on a number of fronts. In its overhaul of the program, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is seeking to make the following changes:

1. Introduce legislation that will streamline the overall program;

2. Modify residency and other requirements that will ‘reinforce the value of Canadian citizenship’;

3. Crack down on citizenship fraud

4. Introduce new rules intended to ‘protect and promote Canada’s interests and values’

“Our government is strengthening the value of Canadian citizenship,” said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. “Citizenship is a pledge of mutual responsibility and a shared commitment to values rooted in our history. I am pleased to bring forward the first comprehensive and overdue reforms of the Citizenship Act in more than a generation.”

Further details on these changes will be found in the next edition of CIC News.

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