Canada changes definition of “parent” for the 21st century

Here is some interesting news, written by Shelby Trevenot, posted on CIC News July 16, 2020 

“A loophole in Canadian Citizenship law that prevented some parents from passing on citizenship to their children has been closed to support the needs of modern families. Canadian citizenship law is catching up with the times after Quebec Superior Court ruled that the non-biological, legal children of Canadians can have the same citizenship rights as biological children.

The change applies to children who were born through assisted human reproduction, such as surrogacy arrangements undertaken by Canadian citizens. It means that same-sex couples and couples who have fertility issues who used surrogacy can pass on citizenship rights to their children as long as one legal parent is Canadian. It does not apply to adopted children, who go through a different process to get Canadian citizenship.

Before the Quebec Superior Court’s ruling last week, children of parents who used assisted reproduction fell through a loophole in Canadian citizenship law that only granted automatic citizenship to children who were born abroad and biologically connected to one or both of their Canadian parents.”

Read the full story here.

Thanks Shelby!!!

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