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  • Writer's pictureGiuseppe Marini

Percentage of Permanent Residents Becoming Canadian Citizens Decreasing

Over the past 20 years, StatCan has noted an exponential decrease in the percentage of permanent residents who eventually become Canadian Citizens. According to the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), the data indicates a 40 per cent decline in citizenship uptake since 2001. For context, in 2021, roughly 45 per cent of permanent residents that had resided in Canada for less than 10 years obtained citizenship. This is a significant decrease from the rate recorded in 2001, roughly 75 per cent.

StatCan has yet to identify the precise reasons for this drop. Daniel Bernhard, CEO of the ICC, speculates that Canada’s job prospects and cost of living are likely factors, noting that “people have decided they’re less interested in being ‘Team Canada’”. Bernhard further states that this should serve as a “wake-up call” to improving experience and incentives for new migrants in Canada. Additionally, he notes that this decline will affect Canada’s long-term social and economic outlook.

To mitigate these circumstances, the federal government has claimed that it wishes to boost immigration by adding 1.45 million permanent residents over the following three years beginning with 465,000 in 2023 with increases to 500,000 in 2025.

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