Effective September 30, 2016, Canadian citizens will only be permitted to enter the country if travelling on a valid Canadian passport.
Until relatively recently, Canadians were able to travel on some international flights with nothing more than proof of Canadian residency and acceptable photo ID.
However, for the last number of years, Canadian air travellers have been required to carry a valid passport. As there was no stipulation the passport had to be Canadian, it was perfectly acceptable for Canadians holding dual citizenship to use the passport of their other nationality, along with proof of Canadian citizenship (for example, their Canadian citizenship card) to return home.
At the end of this month, however, that will no longer be the case.
Many Canadians hold dual citizenship by birth or residency, or through parents or grandparents. Unlike some countries, Canada permits its citizens to hold more than one valid passport. Consequently, it is not uncommon for Canadians who live overseas to allow their Canadian passports to lapse and instead travel on the passport of their new home nation, or for new Canadians to continue to use their original non-Canadian passport until it expires before applying for their first Canadian passport.
In addition, some Canadians who travel frequently choose to hold both Canadian and other passports to avoid certain visa requirements, or to expedite entry into other countries.
The new regulation will force these and all other Canadian citizens who travel by air to immediately acquire Canadian passports.