Canadian citizens enjoy a significant of benefits including health care, Canadian Pension Plan, ability to run for public office, employment insurance, high quality of life and much more. There are several requirements that need to be met when applying for Canadian citizenship. 

  • Age: In order to apply for Canadian citizenship, you need to be 18 years of age or older. 

  • Permanent Resident: A valid permanent residency status is a prerequisite in becoming a Canadian citizen. Furthermore, you must not have a clean criminal history or be currently investigated for any criminal offense. 

  • Currently Living in Canada: You must currently live in Canada as a permanent resident for a minimum of three out of the past five years in order to apply for citizenship. 

  • Language: You must prove your ability to speak English or French in order to apply for citizenship. Furthermore, you may be asked to take a written and oral language exam by Canadian immigration officials. 

  • Income Tax: In order to be qualified for citizenship you must have filed an income tax return and paid the associated taxes for the duration of your permanent residency in Canada. 

  • Intent to Reside: It is mandatory to prove your intent to reside inside Canada once you are granted citizenship. 

  • Citizenship Test: There is a general test that applicants must take in order to be qualified for citizenship into Canada. This test is typically a grouping of questions that examine Canada’s history, values and cultural institutions.