SO You want to Become a Citizen!

Peter B. Giblett By Peter B. Giblett, 13th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Having made the move to Canada five years ago my family and I have applied for Canadian Citizenship. This is the first a an infrequent series of articles about the Canadian Citizenship Test. I am currently reading the publication "Discovering Canada - The rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship" and could not pass up an opportunity to comment.

Thoughts of a Future Citizen

Having migrated to Canada now more than five years ago my wife and I have given much thought to becoming Canadian Citizens. For us it marks an acceptance that Canada is our home and a part of our future. Part of our hopes and dreams.

In applying for citizenship there is a process to go through and part of that includes understanding the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, taking the oath of citizenship, and passing the citizenship test. This article (and others in the future) are intended to focus on the citizenship test. There are some personal challenges to this, for example I know nothing about Canada's sport Ice Hockey; ouch!

400 Years of Welcoming Newcomers

Canada has been a sought after destination for newcomers for much of the past 400 years. Of course until 1777 it shared this history with its neighbour, the United States of America. Since 1777 both countries have gone their separate ways. In 1867 Canada was created with the union of three British North American colonies through an act of Confederation. At that time Canada was formed as a federal dominion of four provinces.

The new nation of Canada was born on July 1st 1867, but the first session of the New Parliament of Canada did not begin until December 4th of that year.

Immigrants between the ages of 18 and 54 must have adequate understanding of at least one of the two official languages of Canada in order to become a citizen. These two languages are:

* English, and
* French

Part of the immigration test will enable future citizens to become knowledgeable about the country they are becoming citizens of. The test covers Canada's history, national symbols, knowledge of democratic institutions, some of the geography of the second largest country in the world by area, as well as the rights an responsibilities of citizenship.

As an Englishman I have no language barriers to get through but this could be tough for someone who has no prior knowledge of English of French.

The Test

The citizenship test is normally a written test, but for some it could take the form of an interview. There are three main areas covered:

* Knowledge of Canada
* Rights and Responsibilities
* Adequate knowledge of the chosen language

When you pass the test you may then take the oath of citizenship. Come with me on this journey over the forthcoming weeks, what I discover I shall pass on to you all. You can also find some practice material on-line. Here are some that I have located:

* Canadian Citizenship Practice Test, by Richmond Public Library
* Canadian Citizenship Test by
* Test including 2011 question by APNA Toronto.

Think about what is best for you and learn the material, sadly it is one exam that has to passed in order to move on to the next stage.

Help from the Canadian Government

It is unusual to say that you should turn to your government for help. In the UK I would never advise anyone to ask the government for help answering any of their questions as most government officials have no interesting in assisting. In Canada it is different. Most government officials seem to be willing to help and many of the government web sites contain an abundance of information (perhaps too much) - take a look at their site on how to become a Canadian Citizen.

More thoughts in the next article are available here.


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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Sep 2011 (#)

Very interesting Peter. Good luck in your quest to become a citizen of the great country of Canada.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
14th Sep 2011 (#)

I came to Canada from the states, and enjoy many things here, I am an immigrant and have not yet become a Citizen, but plan on doing that in the next 3 years. Thanks for this information on how to become a Canadian Citizen.

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author avatar M G Singh
14th Sep 2011 (#)

Excellent article peter. I have lots of relations settled in Canada

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author avatar Retired
14th Sep 2011 (#)

I remember my uncle and aunt telling me that they needed to spend certain number of days in Canada to enable them to get their Citizenship. May be a little different as they did it on a business quota.

Thank you for this....

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
15th Sep 2011 (#)

great share Peter!!

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author avatar Retired
19th Sep 2011 (#)

Informative and well penned. Bravo on your star.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
27th Oct 2011 (#)

Louis Reil led a significant rebellion on behalf of the Mentis, 1885. This is a very interesting article, Peter, and caused me to look up Canada's history.
Thank you.
Please continue writing.

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author avatar 246epa
15th Feb 2013 (#)

I am also a born and bred Englishman, know no other language than English, school French does not really count, but now I have to prove my knowledge of English to become a Canadian citizen, possibly by a test, I am trying to clarify the exact means....

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author avatar NewCanadian
12th Nov 2013 (#)

This is a good summary of what to expect. In addition to the libraries and APNA, I also used these guys: <a href="" title="Canadian citizenship test">Canadian citizenship test</a>. They really helped me a lot. Better too prepared than not enough!

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author avatar Lewis
22nd Jan 2015 (#)

Great wording for who are going to become a Canadian citizen. As per my knowledge one must read and understand well the official book "Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship" and take some practice sessions from online websites i.e.

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author avatar Mark
18th Jul 2015 (#)

I become a citizen last month, my spouse wrote the test the day after. We were both motivated by the citizenship ceremony speeches to give back to Canada. Our first small step has been to set up a free website for new Canadians to get some practice before the test, these can be found here: . You are right about the Canadian authorities being helpful with the information they provide, and like you found it a bit much so we made up our own study sheets from what they provided. These we share on the site. Good luck to all those writing the test!

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