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Changes to the Citizenship Test

Changes to the Citizenship Test and the Discover Canada Guide

Changes to the Citizenship TestThe citizenship test is about to change ones more. As many of you may remember the last mayor change to the test was back in 2009 with the implementation of the actual study guide Discover Canada. However the changes to the citizenship test where applied much later than that in October 2008 with the abolition of the mandatory questions and the change of the Test questions to mirror the new guide and its content.

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney made announced a new turn in the Discover Canada study book and an impact to the citizenship test. The guide will be enhanced in a few topics that reflect Canadian way of life in the actuality. Among them the emphasis in Canadian democratic principles like the recognition of the Gay and lesbian couple marriage sharing the same rights as any other couple. Kenney also referred to the no toleration campaign to force marriages and fraud in Canadian soil.

The announcement was made at a citizenship ceremony held in Vancouver for 45 new Canadians. This new change has been revised by public figures, authors, historians have been consulted.

“We expect people who want to become Canadians to have a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities and the values and institutions that are rooted in Canada’s history,” said the minister in the announcement.

The truth is that the guide is rad by students, professionals of every sector and entire families. It is important that the new Canadians understand and embrace Canadian Values and democratic rights more if they are going through the naturalization process.

Minister Kenney outlined a few changes in the Discover Canada Resource book, however there is no notion about when these changes will be effective and the impact in the citizenship test. The changes include a new section called Becoming canadian that emphasizes the new comers need to embrace Canadian democratic responsibilities, recognition that gay and lesbian Canadians are protected under equal treatment under the law with access to civic marriage. Also a strong statement about forced marriages with a no tolerance policy. There will be an addition to the 1812 War section, which celebrates its bicentennial next year and how it shaped Canada as of this day. There will be an update onto the Modern Canada section with new public figures and important accomplishments in economic and trade growth.

Early this year Kenney announced that the 2010 was the record year of settlement in Canada from the past decade. More than 280,600 new settlers arrived Canada to stay which will impact in anew citizens in future years. The estimate for 2011 is 265,000 newcomers.


  • izha April 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I agree with “YURI” most born Canadians will not even be able to pass the Test. Why don’t you just change the system. What it all immigrants just go for maybe week seminar for Canadian history, to learn potitics, etc. about Canada, before their Permanent Resident card expires. By this we know that they learn and knowledgeable enough to become a citizen, time to change….remove the citizenship exam.

  • zahid majeed May 8, 2011 at 2:22 am

    i applied for citizenship in aguest 2009 . and give me test on Dec, 2010. after 2 month Feb,2011 i received a questionair . which i submited on March , 2011, and hten in April,06 2011 they sent me for fingerprint which i sent on April 08 2011. and untill today may ,10 2011 waiting for complettion of my process.
    My concern is this if they need to to ent me questionair they can ask me before my test. because i have already waited for almosr 17 month. know i am in a new que. which is not fair.
    i assume at the test time office who was attend my case may be he could not examine my case properly and i am suffering.

    i would like to request to give those cases prority who has already waited more then regular waiting time.

    zahid majeed

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