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

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Act current to 2020-09-09 and last amended on 2019-07-12. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Counselling misrepresentation

  •  (1) Every person commits an offence who knowingly counsels, induces, aids or abets or attempts to counsel, induce, aid or abet any person to directly or indirectly misrepresent or withhold material circumstances relating to a relevant matter, which induces or could induce an error in the administration of this Act.

  • Marginal note:Misrepresentation

    (2) Every person commits an offence who knowingly

    • (a) for any of the purposes of this Act, directly or indirectly, makes any false representation, commits fraud or conceals any material circumstances;

    • (b) communicates directly or indirectly, by any means, false or misleading information or representations with the intent to induce a person to make, or deter a person from making, an application to become a citizen, to obtain a certificate of citizenship or another document establishing citizenship or to renounce citizenship; or

    • (c) refuses to answer a question put to him or her at an interview or a proceeding held under this Act.

  • Marginal note:Penalties

    (3) Every person who commits an offence under subsection (1) or (2)

    • (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to a fine of not more than $100,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years, or to both; or

    • (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and is liable to a fine of not more than $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than two years, or to both.

  • 2014, c. 22, s. 29
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