As a result of a $44 million investment in Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2013 to reduce processing wait times, and the changes proposed in the Blueprint for Citizenship Improvements and the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, processing times would be less than one year by 2015-16. The chart below shows how CIC’s backlog of grant applications would be eliminated by 2015-16, allowing for just-in-time processing of applications and reducing processing.
Text version: Benefits of Taking Action
This graph shows how the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act would eliminate the citizenship applicant backlog by 2015/16.
CIC received $44 million in EAP 2013 to reduce processing wait times. In addition, the department is making improvements to the citizenship program that will mean faster processing. The chart below shows the impact of the $44 million investment and the changes we’ve made. While currently, more than 160,000 applications have been in the system for a year or less, most applications are more than a year old.
It is expected that by 2015-16, the changes we’re making will bring the average processing time for citizenship applications down to less than a year.
This chart will be updated periodically to show our progress toward just-in-time processing.
Text version: Citizenship Grant Inventory
This graph shows the age (in months) of citizenship grant applications in CIC’s inventory as of December 2013.