Lost Canadians without Canadian Citizenship still a problem

Canadians without Canadian Citizenship a persistent problem

Last year, we blogged about Lost Canadians several times. Lost Canadians are people who lost their Canadian Citizenship or never had it in the first place – unknown to them – because of small bureaucratic hiccups caused by the Canadian Citizenship Act.

Most of these lost Canadians include war brides and children who were born in and out of wedlock during World War II. They pay taxes all their lives and don’t realize they don’t have Canadian Citizenship until they apply for a passport or retire.

This article in the Huffington Post tells the story of one woman, born in England to a Canadian soldier father and an English mother in 1945. Three years later, the soldier married the mother and the family moved to Canada. She received a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada stating she was not a Canadian because neither of her parents (including her Canadian father who was born in Canada and fought for Canada in WWII) was Canadian because the passing of the Canadian Citizenship Act didn’t happen until 1947.

This also means that, according to the government, none of those fighting for Canada in WWI (including Vimy Ridge) or in WWII were Canadians either. It’s a shame this hasn’t been resolved yet.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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