Stop Citizenship Bill Language / Knowledge Test Amendment

April 13, 2017

Announcement from Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI): Urgent - Act Today!

The Canadian Senate has adopted a motion to amend Bill C-6 (the Citizenship Bill) to increase the requirement of language and knowledge test for citizenship from age 55 to 60.

The Bill is almost at the final stage of becoming law, but is yet to receive final approval in Parliament.

Contact your Member of Parliament today and ask them to reject the language amendment.

To learn more about the amendment and what you can do to stop it, please read the following:

Strengthening Citizenship

As community organizations and groups from across Canada we believe that citizenship strengthens our society by promoting the integration of newcomers.

In the spirit of encouraging more Canadian residents to become citizens, we call on our members of Parliament to remove barriers to citizenship by rejecting the motion by Senator Diane Griffin (Prince Edward Island) to increase the age for language and knowledge proficiency from 55 to 60 years of age.

The Senate approved Senator Griffin’s proposed amendment on April 6, 2017, thus reducing access to citizenship to potentially thousands of people.

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