Government of Canada implements new legislative changes to the Citizenship Act – IRCC

October 4, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide greater flexibility in meeting requirements for those who wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Citizenship Act through the adoption of Bill C-6.

Further to changes introduced upon Royal Assent which repealed certain provisions of the former government’s Bill C-24, important changes to physical presence and the age required to meet language and knowledge requirements for permanent residents who are applying for citizenship will come into effect on October 11, 2017. The new requirements will give more flexibility to both younger and older eligible immigrants to obtain citizenship. They will also help individuals who have already begun building lives in Canada achieve citizenship faster.

Citizenship applicants who meet the new requirements must wait until October 11, 2017, before applying for citizenship. This is the date when the changes come into effect, and when the new citizenship application forms and guides will be available.

More changes to the Citizenship Act are expected to take effect later this year and in early 2018. For a complete list of past, current and future changes to the Citizenship Act and their effective dates, please read the Bill C-6 Backgrounder

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Source: Government of Canada implements new legislative changes to the Citizenship Act – IRCC

Citizenship requirements will change on October 11

Citizenship requirements for physical presence, language and knowledge will change on October 11, 2017. Applicants can apply for citizenship under the new rules using updated forms available October 11. The following changes will be expected to come into effect:

  1. Physical presence in Canada requirements will be reduced to three out of five years.
  2. A portion of time spent in Canada before permanent resident status will count towards residency requirements.
  3. Age range for language and knowledge requirements will be reduced to 18-54 years old.

The changes are part of the amendments that received Royal Assent in June. For a complete list of changes, please read the Bill C-6 Backgrounder.

National Seniors Day 2017 – Inspiring Generations

Immigrant Services Calgary, in collaboration with The City of Calgary and the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association, will be organizing the 7th annual National Seniors Day celebration at the Genesis Centre on Friday September 29, 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Officially designated by the Government of Canada, National Seniors Day aims to recognize the significant and continuing contributions seniors add to our communities. Our host for this year is the Genesis Centre and the event will also be a celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday. The afternoon will consist of welcome addresses from all three levels of government, inspiring stories from seniors, multicultural entertainment, a fashion show, cake cutting and door prizes.

Minimum Wage Increasing

On October 2017, Alberta’s minimum wage goes to $13.60 an hour from $12.20. This minimum wage is the same for adults, liquor servers, adolescents and young people, and employers must pay at least the minimum wage.

Below is a table showing the minimum wage rates 2016-2018.

Employee type Current Oct 1, 2017 Oct 1, 2018
General $12.20/hour $13.60/hour $15.00/hour
Salespersons

(including land agents and certain professionals)

$486/week $542/week $598/week
Domestic employees

(living in their employers home)

$2,316/month $2,582/month $2,848/month

For more information about the changes to Alberta’s minimum wage, please visit the Alberta Government’s website.

 

Low Income Monthly Pass in Calgary

Starting April 2017, the low income monthly pass are provided on a sliding scale, which is a pricing system that assesses income and assign a purchase price based on income. It means the less a resident earns, the less he/she will need to pay for a low income monthly pass.

The sliding scale is based on the applicant’s income and the number of people in his/her household or other qualifying factors. Following is the sliding scale table from the City of Calgary:

Table source: the City of Calgary

To be eligible for the low income monthly pass, an applicant must be a resident of Calgary, and must be approved for the Fair Entry program. To learn about the Fair Entry, you can visit the City of Calgary’s website.

 

Timeline of Citizenship Act changes

On June 19, 2017, Bill C-6 passed Parliament. Some immediate changes include:

  • Intent to live in Canada once granted citizenship is no longer required.
  • Citizenship revocation provisions only applying to dual citizens are repealed.
  • Minors can qualify on their own without the need to have a Canadian parent.

 

During the summer of 2017, IRCC will conduct the required regulatory process, train staff, and make the necessary technology changes for the fall of 2017.

 

The following changes are expected to come into effect in the fall of 2017:

  • Physical presence in Canada requirements will be reduced to three out of five years.
  • A portion of time spent in Canada before permanent resident status will count towards residency requirements.
  • Age range for language and knowledge requirements will be reduced to 18-54 years old.

For a complete list of changes made to the Citizenship Act and when they take effect, please read the Bill C-6 Backgrounder

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.