New citizenship rules target fraud, foreign terrorism

By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Feb 06, 2014 10:11 AM ET






The Canadian government is proposing sweeping changes today in what is being called "the first comprehensive reform to the Citizenship Act in more than a generation."



Under the Conservative government's Bill C-24, dubbed the strengthening Canadian citizenship act, would-be citizens would have to live in Canada longer before applying for citizenship, but would see their applications for citizenship processed more quickly.


"Citizenship is not a right, it is a privilege," Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander told reporters gathered at a news conference in Toronto after the bill was tabled in Parliament.


Permanent residents applying for citizenship would have to live in Canada for four years out of the last six years, instead of the current three years out of four. 


Adults who apply for citizenship will also have to show they have filed Canadian income taxes.