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Canada's Progressive Step in Citizenship Law

Jan 23, 2024 4:13:19 PM • Written by: Soheil Hosseini

Canada Embraces Change: A New Chapter in Citizenship by Descent

In a move that strengthens the bonds of Canadians worldwide, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, recently announced a pivotal decision: Canada will not appeal the Ontario Superior Court of Justice's ruling that declared the 'first generation limit' to citizenship by descent unconstitutional.

This groundbreaking decision, dated December 19, 2023, marks a significant shift in Canadian citizenship laws. The 'first generation limit' previously restricted automatic citizenship at birth to children born abroad only if one parent was a first-generation Canadian. This limitation has impacted many families, leaving them in a state of uncertainty and exclusion.

By choosing not to appeal this decision, the Canadian government acknowledges the need for more inclusive citizenship policies. This change not only rectifies an oversight in our laws but also reaffirms Canada's commitment to its global citizens. It is a recognition of the evolving nature of families and the global community in the 21st century.

Many Canadians living abroad, who faced challenges in passing citizenship to their children, can now look forward to a future where their familial ties to Canada are acknowledged and respected. This decision underscores the fact that Canadian citizenship is more than just a legal status; it's a bond that connects people across borders and generations.

The government’s commitment to reassessing the impacts of this ruling on existing legislation and providing clear guidance reflects a dedication to making the citizenship process as fair and transparent as possible. It's a testament to Canada's ongoing efforts to uphold the values of inclusivity and fairness.

As we await further details and next steps from the government, this moment serves as a reminder of the power of legal reform to positively impact lives. It’s a victory not just for those immediately affected but for the principle of equal rights and belonging.

For many families, this decision opens the door to a world of possibilities - reuniting them with their Canadian heritage and strengthening their ties to a nation that values diversity and inclusivity.


At Immigratic, we celebrate this progressive step in Canadian citizenship law. Stay connected with us for the latest updates and guidance on how this ruling might affect you and your family. #CanadianCitizenship #LegalReform #GlobalCanadians #InclusiveCitizenship #Immigratic

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Soheil Hosseini

Soheil Hosseini is a Canadian Immigration and Citizenship consultant. He represents Immigratic, a data-driven Immigration platform based in Ottawa, Canada.