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Citizenship Act changes strike a good balance between the old and the new

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 10:34 AM | By Matthew Jeffery

The federal government has significantly reformed the Citizenship Act to make it easier for permanent residents to become citizens, among other changes.

The legislation was originally enacted in 1977 and saw few changes for decades afterwards. Under the original rules, permanent residents of Canada who lived in the country for at least three years out of a four-year period could apply for citizenship. The term “residence” was undefined, and in some cases strict physical residence was not required in order to meet this requirement. Other criteria...