Citizenship Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-29)

Act current to 2017-11-20 and last amended on 2017-10-11. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Renunciation of citizenship
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2.1), a citizen may, on application, renounce his citizenship if he

    • (a) is a citizen of a country other than Canada or, if his application is accepted, will become a citizen of a country other than Canada;

    • (b) is not the subject of a declaration by the Governor in Council made pursuant to section 20;

    • (c) is not a minor;

    • (d) is not prevented from understanding the significance of renouncing citizenship by reason of the person having a mental disability; and

    • (e) does not reside in Canada.

  • Marginal note:Ministerial discretion to waive requirements

    (2) The Minister may, in the Minister’s discretion, waive on compassionate grounds the requirements of paragraph (1)(d) or (e).

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2.1) No application for renunciation may be made if the Minister has provided the applicant with a notice referred to in subsection 10(3) or has commenced an action under subsection 10.1(1) for a declaration in respect of the applicant until the Minister provides the applicant with his or her decision under subsection 10(5) or a final judgment has been rendered in that action, as the case may be.

  • Marginal note:Processing of application suspended

    (2.2) If an application for renunciation is made and the Minister subsequently provides the applicant with a notice referred to in subsection 10(3) or commences an action under subsection 10.1(1) for a declaration in respect of the applicant, the processing of that application is suspended until the Minister provides the applicant with his or her decision under subsection 10(5) or a final judgment has been rendered in that action, as the case may be.

  • Marginal note:Certificate of renunciation

    (3) If an application under subsection (1) is approved by the Minister, the Minister shall issue a certificate of renunciation to the applicant and the applicant ceases to be a citizen after the expiration of the day on which the certificate is issued or any later day that the certificate may specify.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-29, s. 9;
  • 1992, c. 21, s. 8;
  • 2014, c. 22, s. 7;
  • 2017, c. 14, s. 2.
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