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Citizenship Regulations

Version of section 16 from 2006-03-22 to 2009-04-16:

 The criteria for determining whether a person has a substantial connection with Canada are

  • (a) that the person has been employed, for at least two of the four years immediately before the date of the person’s application, in the public service of Canada or of a province or as a member of the Canadian Forces or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or as a Canadian representative to the United Nations or one of its affiliated agencies; or

  • (b) that the person has an adequate knowledge of Canada, of one of the official languages of Canada and of the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship, determined in accordance with the criteria set out in sections 14 and 15 and, since attaining the age of 14 years, has spent more than one year in Canada with a parent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or grandparent or in attendance at a recognized secondary or post-secondary educational institution.

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