Changes to rules on citizenship by descent
Before July 2020, only biological parents could pass down their Canadian citizenship to their children.
How to pass your Canadian citizenship down to your child
You can pass down your Canadian citizenship to your child by applying for a citizenship certificate.
- You need to submit a copy of your child’s original birth certificate or record with your application.
- If needed, we’ll ask for supporting documents to make sure that you can pass down your citizenship to your child.
Adopted children born outside Canada
If your adopted child was born outside Canada, they’re not automatically a Canadian citizen. This is to respect the adoption laws of other countries and the Citizenship Act.
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