What are the advantages of Canadian citizenship?

Posted on June 28, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. EDT
Updated June 28, 2021, 2:50 p.m. EDT



Over 80 percent of Canadian permanent residents apply for citizenship when they become eligible. So what are the factors that make Canadian citizenship so desirable?

Each person’s situation will vary. There are external factors to consider, such as the dual nationality laws of other countries and taxes. But, there are several important reasons why so many people apply for Canadian citizenship.

Certainty

Once a person obtains Canadian citizenship, they do not have to actively do anything to retain it. Indeed, it is very difficult, especially following the Trudeau government’s 2017 reforms, for a person to lose their Canadian citizenship.

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Travel rights

Canada enjoys an excellent world reputation. Canadian citizens can therefore visit most countries in the world without a visa, or receive one upon arrival. This category includes countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and the Schengen countries, the vast majority of members of the European Union.

The Henley and Partners Passport Index 2021, which ranks the various global passports by “power”, that is, the ability they give their holders to visit other countries. Canada ranks 9th out of 199 passports in the report.

A Canadian passport also gives its holder the constitutionally protected right to enter, stay and leave Canada.

Benefits for children

A Canadian citizen can pass his citizenship on to his descendants. In general, anyone born in Canada has Canadian citizenship. However, only a citizen can automatically transmit their citizenship to children born outside of Canada.

Employment opportunities

Certain jobs, particularly sensitive positions in government or security, may grant preferential or exclusive consideration to Canadian citizens.

Political participation

The Canadian Constitution guarantees only Canadian citizens the right to vote or to run for office in the Federal Parliament. Unlike the United States, Canada poses no obstacle to someone who was not born a citizen to become head of government. But, to participate fully in the democratic life of Canada, citizenship is required.

Double nationality

Canada allows dual citizenship. This fact means that Canada will allow a person to become a Canadian citizen, while retaining their other citizenship.

Symbolism

For many people, becoming a citizen is the most complete and definitive way to join the “Canadian family”. Ceremonies are often deeply moving events for participants and their loved ones.

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