Getting Canadian citizenship is one of the defining of moments in an immigrant’s life. A citizenship status marks the beginning of a new life in Canada with the same rights as those born in Canada. A 2018 study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revealed that 91 per cent of immigrants who had lived in Canada for over 10 years held citizenship, compared with the OECD average of 63 per cent. 


Canada is witnessing policy shifts that could improve naturalisation rates in the coming years. The federal government has gradually increased its economic immigration selection standards in the event of higher language proficiency. Reducing language test and citizenship exam requirements for only those between the ages of 18 and 54 will also improve citizenship conversion rates. 


The pre-election manifesto by Liberals promised to waive citizenship fees entirely. If implemented, it will positively contribute to the rise of citizenship applicants among the immigrants. The government is also planning a 40 per cent increase in spending which could result in a 40 per cent increase in new citizens by 2024.


In order to obtain Canadian citizenship, an applicant must first qualify to become a permanent resident in Canada. There are numerous pathways to obtain Canada PR via the federal Express Entry, Atlantic Immigration Pilot, Provincial Nominee Program or Quebec immigration. Each program has its unique eligibility and skilled foreign workers with varied skill sets can apply for a permanent residence in Canada. 

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