Updating canadian citizenship

This application package includes: As of February 1, 2012, the citizenship certificate has replaced the plastic wallet-sized citizenship card as proof of citizenship.

The Conservative Government's Bill C-24 received Royal Assent on June 19, significantly changing the requirements to attain (or in some cases maintain) Canadian citizenship.

The government called it the "Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act." They say the changes clarify and add value to citizenship, and ensure that newcomers are more prepared to join and have a stronger bond with Canadian society.

But those who opposed the bill said the changes turn citizenship from a human right to a privilege that can be arbitrarily taken away.

In addition, permanent residents seeking citizenship must intend to continue to live in Canada.

Or, if they are living outside of Canada but working in public service or with the armed forces, they must intend to keep working those jobs, or to stay married and living with a spouse who works one of those jobs.