After 3 years in Canada, permanent residents can apply to become citizens of Canada. To apply, you need to contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). They have a lot of information online about how to apply. If you have any questions, please visit the the IRCC Help Centre for answers to commonly asked questions.
If you want to become a Canadian citizen, you must follow several steps:
- Determine if you are eligible to become a citizen.
- Apply for citizenship.
- Take the citizenship test, if you are between the ages of 18 and 54.
- Attend a citizenship ceremony, if you are 14 or older.
To learn more about the following areas of the citizenship process please click here
Where You Can Find Help
There are many organizations and people who can help you if you run into problems. Don't hesitate to call and ask for help or information if you need it.
- Association for New Canadians (ANC)
This is a good place to start if you need help or information. The ANC is a nonprofit, community organization dedicated to assisting immigrants and refugees with settlement and integration. They offer a broad range of helpful services, including ESL language training and career-related services to assist newcomers integrating to the province. ANC's telephone number is (709) 722-9680 or you can visit their office in person in St. John's at 144 Military Road.
- The Human Rights Commission Newfoundland and Labrador
The Human Rights Commission helps people who feel they have had their rights violated. If you think this has happened to you or if you've been discriminated against, you should contact the Commission to discuss the issue right away. The Commission is in St. John's and the local number is 729-2709. If you live outside of St. John's, you can still call them for free by dialing 1-800-563-5808.