Bill C-6 will reduce the amount of time that a permanent resident will have to live in Canada before they are eligible to apply for citizenship. Currently, permanent residents have to wait four years, if Bill C-6 makes it into law, permanent residents of Canada will only have to wait three years. In addition to this, all of those who spent time in Canada on temporary status, such as a work or study permit will be able to count a portion of this time towards the three-year requirement.
C-6 would also repeal the government’s authority — introduced by the previous Conservative government — to revoke citizenship for certain acts against the national interest of Canada. These grounds include convictions of terrorism, high treason, treason or spying offenses, depending on the sentence received, or for membership in an armed force or organized armed group engaged in armed conflict with Canada.
The bill will now go to the House of Commons for review. If and when it becomes law, immigrants to Canada will have a quicker and smoother pathway to Canadian citizenship.