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)
- The program requires approximately six months to process applications.
- Individuals can view the status of their applications online using the Client Application Status service.
- Application Forms and Guides.
- There is a fee of $75 (tax included) for citizenship certificate applications.
- General Inquiries: 1-888-242-2100
- TTY: 1-888-576-8502
- 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.
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