Thursday February 25, 2016 | Toronto Star
Ottawa reverses course of Canada’s ‘easier to lose, harder to get’ citizenship
The Liberal government has introduced new legislation to remove barriers to citizenship erected by its Conservatives predecessors while retaining and extending officials’ authority to deal with fraud.
The changes, expected to be implemented later this year, will provide greater flexibility for applicants trying to meet the requirements for citizenship and help immigrants become full-fledged Canadian citizens sooner, said Immigration Minister John McCallum.
What matters most to would-be citizens are the proposed changes to citizenship requirements including [...] allowing time in Canada before permanent residency to count toward physical residency requirements, which would benefit refugees and those previously in Canada on study or work permits.