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Citizenship under 18 and Bill C-6


Young people under age 18 will be able to apply for citizenship if Bill C-6 is adopted in the House of Commons.

This is a step forward for children’s rights, says the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children. It will help young people who do not have parents to apply, such as unaccompanied children and wards of the state. It helps to address statelessness and fulfill a child’s rights to have a nationality under Article 8 of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.

The Senate amended Bill C-6 to include this provision; it was not included in the bill passed earlier in the House of Commons.

First Call members are encouraged to send a message to your MP asking them to make sure this amendment is adopted by the House of Commons in its final passage.

Read also:

CIC News: Bill C-6 Amending Canadian Citizenship Legislation Passes Senate

Globe and Mail: Senate passes bill that repeals many Conservative citizen changes

 

Source CCRC E-news