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The figures are included in a briefing by former Immigration and Citizenship director general Andrew Griffith prepared for the Senate social affairs, science and technology committee, which begins hearings this week on Bill C-6, a law to amend the Citizenship Act.
Griffith, an author on immigration issues and fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, calls it an "alarming" trend that can be linked directly to a steep increase in fees.
The processing fee jumped from 0 to 0 in 2014-2015, which amounts to a tripled price tag when the additional 0 "right of citizenship" fee is added.
"If you're a professional doing reasonably well, you may not like it, but you pay it. "But if you are a struggling immigrant or refugee, suddenly 0 may become prohibitive, and especially if you're talking about a family of four or more." Newcomers face other costs associated with the citizenship process, including language testing, he said.
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But he suggested the government could ease the cost barrier by adopting a tax-like formula based on income, developing a loan program, or capping the total fee for a family.
Stephen Green, a Toronto-based immigration lawyer, said he has not heard of the fee being a significant factor in seeking citizenship.
He said many of his firm's clients who don't currently qualify under the existing law are anxiously awaiting C-6 to become law so they can apply for citizenship.
If your citizenship certificate is lost or stolen, you can apply to replace it.
You can apply from inside Canada or from outside Canada.