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Permanent Residency

You may be interested to know that there is a difference between a permanent resident of Canada and a Canadian citizen.
Canada permanent residency
As a permanent resident, you will be eligible to:

  • receive social benefits that most Canadians receive, like healthcare;
  • live, work, or study anywhere in the country;
  • apply to become a Canadian citizen; and
  • be protected under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

You will not be eligible to vote in democratic elections or run for political office. Some jobs in Canada will only be open to Canadian citizens due to high-level security clearance.

As a permanent resident, you will be allowed to stay in Canada, but there are restrictions on how much time you may spend outside of Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides important information on being a permanent resident of Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
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