The steps are clearly outlined and the process is not difficult.
Canadian citizenship – the right to vote
Canadian citizenship gives you the right to vote in any federal, provincial or municipal election.
You simply need to register yourself to be able to vote by
– calling Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868
– visiting your local Elections Canada office
You might be automatically added to the National Register of Electors, a database of Canadian electors who are qualified to vote in federal elections and referendums. This register gets your data from a variety of sources, such as provincial and territorial motor vehicle registrars, Canada Revenue Agency or Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Elections Canada sends a voter information card by mail to each registered voter. If you have not received a card a few weeks prior to an election, you need to register yourself or update your information.
Please see Elections Canada for more information.
Canadian citizenship – the right to live outside Canada with no time limit
As a permanent resident, you must live in Canada for at least two years within a five-year period in order to keep your permanent resident status. Canadian citizenship gives you the right to travel freely and to leave and re-enter Canada whenever you want.
Canadian citizenship – the right to be a candidate in federal, provincial and territorial elections
Canadian citizenship gives you the right to run for elected office in Canada.
Canadian citizenship – preference for jobs in the federal government
Most federal government jobs require the applicant to have Canadian citizenship. This is particularly true for jobs that have a high-level security clearance requirement.
Canadian citizenship – the right to pass Canadian citizenship on to your children born outside Canada(to the first generation only)
As a Canadian citizen any children born to you outside Canada will be Canadian citizens.
Canadian citizenship – easier travel to the United States
When you hold a Canadian passport you do not need to apply for a United States tourist visa. The conditions of stay remain the same as for non Canadian citizens but the admission to the U.S. is much easier if you have Canadian citizenship. This also reduces delay at the border when crossing by land into the United States. As well, Canadian citizens can seek employment in the United States if the employment is covered by the NAFTA treaty.
Please check the Canada Border Services Agency for more information.
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