Background: The Liberal Government announced in its election manifesto its intention to reverse the changes made to the Citizenship Act by the Conservative Government in 2015.

On June 17, 2016, Bill C-6, was passed in the House of Commons following its third reading and on the same day, a first reading took place in the Senate. The government had hoped to have the new legislation passed into law for Canada Day, July 1 but it is now more likely this will take place when the Senate re-assembles after the summer recess.

Impact: The changes when enacted will have a significant impact on individuals and their families. Details of all the proposed changes can be found here.

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