A surge meant almost five times as many applications the week after the relaxation as there were the week before because Canada is now allowing people to become citizens with poorer language abilities than before as well as those with a shorter track record of living successfully in Canada than before. Canada will therefore be accepting lower quality migrants than it has in the past.
There was a spike in applications for Canadian citizenship after the government relaxed the rules around residency requirements and language proficiency this fall.
Figures from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship provided to CBC News show there was an average of 3,653 applications a week in the six months before changes were brought in Oct. 11.
The number shot up to 17,500 applications the week after the new requirements kicked in. There were 12,530 applications submitted the week after that, but data for subsequent weeks is not yet available
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Canada (CA) is estimated to have a population of 36.4 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.0% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 1.9 million.