Proposed Citizenship Act changes would unduly restrict immigration

The federal government has proposed Bill C-24, which would makes immigration to Canada more difficult. Proposed changes include a longer wait for permanent residents before they can apply to be citizens - four years of residency, instead of three.

Changes implemented in December 2012 by the federal government in the Balanced Refugee Reform Act and the Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act (Bill C-31) are already resulting in fewer immigrants and refugees gaining entry to Canada, more restrictions on bringing over family members and increased standards to meet language requirements.