Form Letter from a citizen

Your Full Name
City, Province Postal Code


Mr./Ms. Full Name, MP
City, Province Postal Code

Eligible residents deserve a fair and timely path to citizenship

Dear Minister,

As a citizen, voter and the (husband, wife, friend, colleague, employer, etc.) of a citizenship applicant, I am concerned about Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s ballooning backlog of 344,516 citizenship cases and the record citizenship processing delays. I believe eligible applicants, including the tens of thousands who have received the dreaded Residence Questionnaire, deserve a fair and timely path to citizenship. While there are no official timelines, the CIC estimates that Residence Questionnaire recipients will wait three to six years for their applications to be processed. My (spouse/friend/son-in-law, colleague) is a long-time resident and taxpayer who met the residency requirements for citizenship (two/three/four) years ago. I believe such processing times are unacceptable and not in keeping with Federal court findings regarding “reasonable” processing times, or the spirit of the Citizenship Act. Citizenship is important. It should not be withheld unduly or capriciously through unreasonable and indefinite processing delays.

The record citizenship delays affect my (friend/spouse/employee) in this way: (List emotional, financial or practical implications of ongoing processing delays).

I suggest: (Fill in what you would like the official or the CIC to do about the backlog).

Canada has long enjoyed a reputation for good governance. This is not strengthened by an opaque citizenship process rife with unknown delays. Long-time permanent residents and taxpayers such as my (spouse/friend/colleague) who have built their lives, careers and families here deserve better. Canada deserves better.


(Signature here)

Your Name


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