Government of Canada is Aiming to implement Changes to Canadian Citizenship Act by July 1, 2016
According to a statement issued by Government of Canada
"The changes in the proposed legislation would provide greater flexibility for applicants trying to meet the requirements for citizenship, and help immigrants obtain citizenship faster. They would also repeal provisions of the Citizenship Act that allow citizenship to be revoked from dual citizens who engage in certain acts against the national interest. Additional changes are also proposed to further enhance program integrity."
The chair of the House Immigration Committee, MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj, said this month that he hopes the bill, known as C-6, will pass into law in time for Canada Day, which falls each year on July 1 - if it makes it through the Senate.
Update (June 2nd): Bill C-6 about proposed Changes to Canadian Citizenship Act is still in the Third Reading stage in Parliament. Now what is third Reading stage ? According to the definition provided by Canadian goverment
Third reading is the House’s final look at the bill before it is sent to the Senate; the Senate goes through a similar process when it examines a bill.
After this bill goes in the senate that is when the fun debate starts and both sides will fight in the ring so to speak. All in all it looks like we will have to wait a little before the proposed Changes to Canadian Citizenship Act become reality.
Among the proposed amendments is a reduction in the amount of time permanent residents have to live in Canada in order to become eligible to apply for citizenship, from four out of six years to three out five years. Further, certain applicants who spent time in Canada on temporary status would be able to count a portion of this time towards the three-year requirement. The proposed amendments would also repeal the intent to reside provision and remove language proficiency requirements for certain applicants.
Stay in Canada reduced from 4 out of 6 years to 3 out of 5 years
In addition, the new legislation would repeal a contentious provision that revoked citizenship from dual Canadian citizens convicted of terrorism, treason or espionage. With a majority government in place, it is expected that the proposals will become law in the near future. The only major potential stumbling block is how the bill may be treated in the Senate, with Immigration Minister John McCallum among a group of politicians who have expressed wariness over how the Conservative-dominated Senate may handle the bill.
Proposed Changes to Canadian Citizenship Act
This infographic gives a complete summary of the changes and amendments being proposed in Citizenship Act.
(You can Click to enlarge)