Loss of Citizenship

Changes to rules around who is/is not a Canadian citizen were affected when the Citizenship Act was amended in 2009 and 2015, which gave Canadian citizenship to certain people who had lost it, and recognized others as citizens for the first time.

It is possible for people to lose their British subject or Canadian citizenship status without actually being informed of such loss. As such, some people may reside in Canada but not know that they have in fact lost their citizenship.

Legislative amendments on April 17, 2009 also changed the rules for Canadian citizenship of persons born outside Canada to Canadian parents, and who were not already Canadian citizens when the law changed. These laws however, did not take Canadian citizenship away from any person who was already a Canadian citizen immediately before the rules came into effect.

Meanwhile, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act (SCCA) introduced new grounds for revocation of citizenship under certain circumstances, and came into effect on May 28, 2015.  Persons who obtained Canadian citizenship under false representation, fraud, knowingly concealing material circumstances, or persons who have dual citizenship who were convicted of terrorism, high treason, spying offences, or served as a member of an armed force of a country or organized armed group engaged in armed conflict with Canada, can also have their citizenship revoked.

Speak to a lawyer at Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell LLP for a consultation if you are dealing with a loss of your Canadian citizenship.

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