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I’m Canadian, but my child was born outside Canada. Are they Canadian?

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Status of changes to citizenship by descent

The Citizenship Act currently includes a first-generation limit to citizenship by descent. This limit generally means someone isn't automatically a Canadian citizen if

  • they were born outside Canada to a Canadian parent, and
  • their Canadian parent was also born outside Canada to a Canadian parent

In December 2023, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice declared that the first-generation limit for many individuals is unconstitutional.

An extension until August 9, 2024, has been granted by the Court. This means that the current rules still apply until further notice.

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Your child is likely a Canadian citizen if at least 1 parent (legal parent at birth [opens in a new tab] or biological parent)

  • was born in Canada, or
  • became a naturalized Canadian citizen before the child was born

To find out for sure, apply for a citizenship certificate for your child.

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