Citizenship Certificate

This Citizenship and Immigration Canada program issues certificates as a proof of citizenship to naturalized Canadian citizens, as well as to Canadian-born citizens who submit an application.

Effective February 2012, CIC started issuing a new citizenship certificate. The current citizenship certificate (hereafter referred to as the plastic wallet-sized card with photo) and the commemorative document will be replaced by an 8 ½ inches by 11 inches letter sized certificate containing information on both sides without photo, signature or security features.

All citizenship certificates, including the plastic wallet-sized card with photo, issued before February 1, 2012, remain valid. It means that any Canadian who currently holds a citizenship certificate does not need to apply for a replacement.

The citizenship certificate is not a travel document. Any Canadian citizen wanting to travel abroad should obtain a Canadian passport.

Delivered by: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

Application Information

Financial Information

  • There is a fee of $75 (tax included) for citizenship certificate applications.

Contact Information

  • General Inquiries: 1-888-242-2100
  • TTY: 1-888-576-8502

Related Information

  • A new application must be submitted when a citizenship certificate is lost, stolen or destroyed, as well as when a Canadian has had a legal name change.