5 benefits of becoming a Canadian citizen

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Thinking about applying for citizenship? Read the five benefits of becoming a Canadian citizen:

  1. Voting rights

    As a citizen, you can vote in federal, provincial and municipal elections. Second, you can run for public office to serve your community. Third, you can serve jury duty. Voting, running for office and jury duty are good ways to serve your country. They help in nation-building, maintaining order and upholding the law.

  2. Security

    You do not have to stay in Canada for a required number of days when you are a citizen. You can stay in Canada or live abroad for some time. You don’t have to renew your citizenship or worry about losing your status. Being a citizen will also save you money. You won’t have a PR card to renew every five years. Citizens also cannot be deported.

  3. Easy travel and consular support

    The Canadian passport is among the top 10 passports in the world. It is a key to more than 168 countries with no visa required upon arrival (as of 2020).

    Canada has more than 270 diplomatic and consular offices in more than 180 countries all over the world. Assistance is ready when you are abroad. Here’s a list: Embassies and Consulates.

  4. More job options

    Citizens can apply for federal jobs. You can also apply to jobs with high-level security clearance. Government jobs are among the most stable and well-paying jobs in Canada. Read: Top 10 reasons to join Canada’s public service to know more.

  5. Your children will be Canadians

    Your kids will be Canadian citizens whether they are born here or abroad. They will be the next generation who will benefit from the many opportunities of this great country.

You will also continue to enjoy the benefits that you had as a permanent resident. Some of these are basic healthcare and public school education. You can also access social services like employment insurance and student government loans.

Canada also recognizes dual citizenship. Check your home country’s policies if you want to be a Canadian citizen and keep your original citizenship.

Do you want to apply for Canadian citizenship? Read: Applying for citizenship: A step-by-step guide.
 
Article updated April, 2020.
 
Sources: Benefits of Canadian citizenship, CitizenshipCounts.ca; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Retrieved May 8, 2018.

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