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What is proof of Canadian citizenship? Why do I need a Canadian citizenship certificate?

A Canadian citizenship certificate is a document that proves that a person is a Canadian citizen. The Citizenship Certificate is acceptable form of proof of Canadian citizenship when applying for:

  • Canadian Passport
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Enhanced driver’s licence
  • Enhanced identity card
  • Access government services such as:
    • Health care
    • Pension
    • Register to vote

If you or your child were born outside of Canada, obtaining proof of Canadian citizenship certificate allows you or your child to live, study or work in Canada without needing any permits.

Who is a Canadian Citizen?

  • If you were born in Canada, you are a Canadian citizen.
  • If you were born in outside Canada and one of your parents was a Canadian citizen at the time of your birth.
  • If your child was born outside Canada, and you were a Canadian citizen when the child was born, your child is automatically a Canadian citizen.
  • If you were born outside Canada and one of your grandparents were a Canadian citizen when you were born, you might be a Canadian Citizen.