Citizenship Act

An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (exception to the rule of inapplicability after the first generation)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Mauril Bélanger  Liberal

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Sept. 18, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Citizenship Act to add an exception to the rule of inapplicability after the first generation in relation to persons employed outside Canada.


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Citizenship ActRoutine Proceedings

September 18th, 2009 / 12:15 p.m.
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Mauril Bélanger Liberal Ottawa—Vanier, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-443, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (exception to the rule of inapplicability after the first generation).

Mr. Speaker, since it came into effect in April of this year, the new Citizenship Act limits citizenship by descent to the first generation born abroad.

It is rather complex, but this means that a person born outside of Canada cannot acquire Canadian citizenship by descent from a Canadian parent, either natural or adoptive, who was also born outside of Canada and who themselves acquired Canadian citizenship by descent.

The current legislation does provide an exception to this first-generation cut-off for Canadian parents who would be working for the armed forces, the federal public administration or provincial public service.

Since Canada is a trading nation and a multilateral and multicultural nation, which has traditionally supported multilateral efforts and organizations, I believe it is in our nation's best interest to have Canadian citizens engaged in international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and so forth.

This bill proposes an amendment to section 3(5) or the Citizenship Act listing additional types of employment for which an exception could be made, such as I have mentioned right now.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)