Canada changes interpretation of “parent” under the Citizenship Act

Canadian families are diverse and everyone deserves the same rights and opportunities. In recognition of the diversity of Canadian families, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a change in the interpretation of “parent” under the Citizenship Act.

The new interpretation of “parent” allows non-biological Canadian parents who are their child’s legal parent at birth to pass down Canadian citizenship to their children born abroad in the first generation, where previously a genetic link to a Canadian parent was required. This change helps Canadian couples with fertility issues and members of the LGBTQ2+ community to pass on Canadian Citizenship to their children.