After the citizenship ceremony

Congratulations on becoming a Canadian citizen and welcome to the Canadian family! Find out about information and services for new Canadians.

Get your citizenship certificate

A Canadian citizenship certificate proves that you’re a Canadian citizen. Depending on the format you chose when you applied, you’ll get a paper or an electronic certificate.

Paper certificate

If you attended

  • a video oath (virtual) ceremony, wait for your paper certificate in the mail
  • an in-person ceremony, you’ll get your certificate at the ceremony
Electronic certificate (e-certificate)

We send the letter with the instructions on how to download the e-certificate shortly before you get the invitation to your citizenship ceremony.

  • You can create an IRCC Portal account after you get the instruction letter, but you can’t download the e-certificate until you
    • attend the ceremony and
    • sign the Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship form (you’ll get it in the ceremony invitation or at the ceremony)
  • The e-certificate will be available in the IRCC Portal within 5 business days of our receipt of your signed Oath or Affirmation of Citizenship form.

Get your passport

  • You must wait to get your citizenship certificate after the ceremony before you can apply for a passport.
  • A valid Canadian passport proves you have the right to enter Canada.
  • Your citizenship certificate is not a travel document.

Apply for a Canadian passport

If you’re a dual Canadian citizen, you can only enter Canada with a

Register to vote

As a Canadian citizen, you have the right and responsibility to vote.

Register to vote in federal elections

For provincial or territorial elections, contact the election authority in your province or territory.

Be active in your community

Get involved with your community to make Canada a stronger and more inclusive country.

Enjoy the wonders of natural and cultural heritage places in Canada

Enjoy free admission to all places run by Parks Canada for 1 full year. This includes national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.

Access the best of Canadian culture

Download the free Canoo mobile app to access the best of Canadian culture!

  • You and your children can get 1 year of free admission to over 1,400 events and destinations, including museums, national parks and historic sites.
  • If you used Canoo as a permanent resident (PR), you can’t use it again as a new citizen.

Canoo is an initiative by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.

Get more information and services

Find out about other services and information we offer for Canadians

  After you become a Canadian citizen, you don’t need to tell us if you change your address.

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