When will the new Citizenship rules be implemented?


Since the announcement by the Liberal government in regards to the changes in the Citizenship rules, many have been waiting for the changes to be implemented.

Some of the highlights of these changes are:

  • Repealing citizenship revocation and intent to reside provision
  • 3 out of 5 years residency requirement (from 4 out of 6)
  • Allowing time before Permanent Residency to be counted
  • Return the language requirement age back to 18-54

Bill C-6 was introduced on June 17th, 2016 by the Immigration Minister, however, in order for the changes to be implemented, they must first be passed by the senate. It was the government’s intention to do this by July 1st, 2016, however, it was not enough time and  we hit the (extra long) summer holidays for our government.

So when will their holidays be done?

The senate is to return to work on September 19th, 2016 and we expect this bill to be finalized and implemented soon after.

32 thoughts on “When will the new Citizenship rules be implemented?

  1. Hi Dear could you please inform me status of bill c6 after senate meeting on 19th September.When is the next meeting ?

  2. I want to apply for Canadian Citizenship. Waiting for the New Bill c-6 to be implemented so I can apply. I think I fit in the 3/5 rule. Any idea when exactly the new bill will be implemented. Thanks and have a nice day.

  3. I am starting to get the distinct impression that the members of the Senate of Canada are in no hurry to better the lives of we newcomers.

  4. Like many others, my family and I are waiting for Bill C-6 to be passed before applying for Canadian citizenship. I understand that the bill is currently with the Senate (since June 2016). Can anyone explain what the process is from here? For instance, how many readings are required in the senate; when it is passed, how long until it becomes law?

  5. It is amazing how something so important to Canada’s future is taking so long. We are a country of immigrants…why make it so difficult to grow our country

  6. It is so unfortunate that Senate Conservatives are taking so long time to pass this bill as a legislation.Though the Senates are selected by the Prime Minister Not by the people of Canada

  7. Apparently, it will take entire 2017 if it would become a law finally however for candidates like me will have no major effect as waiting for this year will eligible me automatically with the old rules !!! just hope it would be sooner already took long time 🙂

    • My whole family is Canadian citizens now.
      My daughter is born Canadian.
      I am 57 now failed twice in immigration test.
      Just got 65% required 80%
      The minister said bill C-6 will be soon in weeks now it is more than hear and half.

      • I am a permanent resident of Canada since three years. I love Canada, I am not care whether soon or later bill C-6 become law, anyway if not soon still I can wait for one more year. But sooner could be the better if it happen. Le’s pray for the best.

  8. I became a permanent resident on 10 June 2013, does the conservatives law of citizenship ( 4 out of 6) apply on my year of residency (2013) or the law of (3 out of 5) apply on me?

  9. Usually govt. laws are implemented on 1st Jan or 1st july. Can we expect bill-6 to be effective from 1st july 2017 ?

  10. Usually govt. laws are implemented on 1st Jan or 1st July. Can we expect bill C-6 to be effective from 1st July 2017 ?

  11. have a question…
    how about Visitor Visa days? i have spent 11 months on visitor Visa Prior my work visa and PR…
    Parliament bill says that Temporary Resident or Protected Person but Canada Visa site says Temporary Resident such as (Work and Study) so which is true?

  12. This is what Prime Minister has said on Oct 4th 2017(3 weeks ago)!!
    ” Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
    Oral Questions

    October 4th, 2017 / 2:50 p.m.
    See context



    Justin Trudeau Prime Minister

    Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Mississauga—Erin Mills for her incredible advocacy on so many important files.

    In one week from today, on October 11, key changes to the Citizenship Act resulting from Bill C-6 will come into force. We delivered on a promise we made to Canadians to repeal the unfair two-tiered citizenship provisions brought in by the previous Conservative government.

    We know that one of the strongest pillars for successful integration into Canadian life is achieving Canadian citizenship. We know diversity is our strength, and for this side of the House, a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”

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