Proof of Citizenship (17:VIII)
If you need to prove your Canadian citizenship, you can apply for a citizenship certificate if you:
- are a Canadian citizen who was born outside Canada
- were born in Canada and need proof besides your Canadian provincial or territorial birth certificate
The government of Canada has stopped issuing citizenship cards. If you apply to update or replace a citizenship card, you will receive a citizenship certificate instead. There are other documents accepted as proof of citizenship, namely, birth certificates, naturalization certificates issued before Jan 1, 1947, registration of birth abroad certificates issued between Jan 1, 1947 and Feb 14, 1977 and certificates of retention issued between Jan 1, 1947 and Feb 14, 1977.
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