Bill C-6 Passed. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.
July 10, 2017
I committed during the election campaign that we would work as a government to fix a broken immigration system. That is exactly what we are doing. Processing times have improved for immigration services ranging from Temporary Resident Visas, to family reunification, to permanent resident applications.
That is why today, I am honoured to join my colleagues in the House of Commons and Senate as we send Bill C-6 for Royal Assent.
The amendments to the Citizenship Act brought forward by Bill C-6 reverse the unjust barriers to citizenship, including two-tiered citizenship, enacted by the previous Government. It also makes the path to Canadian citizenship for newcomers faster and more accessible. At the same time, Bill C-6 retains necessary provisions to ensure our country’s security, while keeping our commitment to a safe, welcoming, and inclusive Canada for all.
Bill C-6 ensures that newcomers to Canada will no longer have to declare their intent to reside in the country, allowing them the freedom to move outside Canada without the fear of losing their Canadian citizenship. No longer will immigrants have to be physically present in Canada for 183 days in each of the 4 out of 6 years before their permanent residency applications, as mandated by the previous Government. Achieving Canadian citizenship is one of the strongest paths to successful integration and belonging, which is why the new amendments to the Citizenship Act reduce the physical presence requirement to 3 out of 5 years.
We recognize that for many, attachment to Canada begins before an application for permanent residency, especially in the case of international students and professionals, who add diversity and growth to our campuses, workplaces and communities. Bill C-6 ensures that these newcomers receive credit for the time they were legally in Canada before their permanent residency.
Our government is also committed to protecting the safety of all Canadians, and ensuring the integrity of the citizenship process. This is why Bill C-6 keeps in place provisions to revoke citizenship where it was obtained by false representation or fraud and ensuring that Canadians who threaten our national interests or security face the consequences of our justice system.
As the MP for Edmonton-Centre, I am honoured to have the privilege of attending citizenship ceremonies. These amazing opportunities to meet and welcome the newest Canadian citizens from around the world to our wonderful city give me hope today and every day that we are building a stronger and more diverse Canada.