Building a stronger immigration system – Citizenship

393,500
new
Canadian citizens
welcomed in 2023-24

Our performance

From April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024, Canada welcomed 393,500 new citizens, compared to 364,200 in the same period in 2022-23.

Reducing backlog

We’re continuing to modernize and increase our services for those who want to become Canadians.

  • Information on this page is up to date as of . Data is approximate and subject to change.
  • IRCC is working toward our goal to process 80% of applications within our service standards, which allows for expected delays in very complex cases or when more information is needed from clients before finalizing their files.
  • Our projections are estimates based on current operating conditions and may change. They don’t account for sharp increases in received applications, urgent shifts in priorities, or other unforeseen circumstances affecting our operations.
Citizenship grants

2022-2024 Percentage of backlog of citizenship grant applications – Actual and projected

2022-2024 Percentage of backlog of citizenship grant applications – Actual and projected
Month Backlog (Actual) Backlog (Projected)
Jan 22 46% -
Feb 22 45% -
Mar 22 42% -
Apr 22 40% -
May 22 39% -
Jun 22 37% -
Jul 22 35% -
Aug 22 30% 30%
Sep 22 30% 30%
Oct 22 28% 28%
Nov 22 29% 27%
Dec 22 28% 26%
Jan 23 27% 26%
Feb 23 26% 25%
Mar 23 25% 24%
Apr 23 25% 24%
May 23 23% 24%
Jun 23 24% 24%
Jul 23 21% 24%
Aug 23 21% 26%
Sep 23 21% 26%
Oct 23 21% 19%
Nov 23 20% 19%
Dec 23 19% 18%
Jan 24 19% 17%
Feb 24 18% 17%
Mar 24 18% 17%
Apr 24 18% 18%
May 24 17% 17%
Jun 24 - 17%
Jul 24 - 10%

What we’ve done

We’ll continue to review and improve our processes so we can eliminate steps, use technology to support our employees and speed up processing.

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