COSTI’s Citizenship Preparation classes help newcomers to Canada to become more active and better informed members of their community, and prepare them for the Canadian Citizenship test. Information about Canada’s history, geography, and government are some of the topics covered. It is recommended that individuals start taking the Citizenship Preparation class once their citizenship application has been submitted. Learners who have limited English language skills are advised to register earlier. This program is delivered by certified instructors in partnership with the Toronto and York Catholic District School Board.
Individuals attending COSTI's Citizenship Preparation class will:
- Gain an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens;
- Practice on simulated test questions;
- Be equipped with the skills needed for both the written test and the oral interview.
Staff at the Toronto location speak Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, English, Farsi, French, Italian, Kurdish, Mandarin, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Spanish and Turkish.
Staff at the Vaughan location speak Cantonese, English and Mandarin.
Who is Eligible
Citizenship classes are available to all individuals 18 years of age or over, who have lived in Canada for three continuous years after receiving landed immigrant status.
Monday & Wednesday 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Toronto) Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (Markham) Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (Vaughan)
This Program is Located at:
Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, 9100 Jane Street, Building H
There is a nominal administrative fee charged for the ESL Citizenship program in Toronto.
COSTI's Citizenship Preparation program is delivered by certified instructors in partnership with the Toronto and York Catholic District School Board.
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Cultural Excursions, Reading, and Video Resources
Language and Settlement Issues
Feelings of isolation and feeling like you don’t belong
Dealing with conflicting work and family responsibilities while trying to attend English language studies
Accessing outreach programs, programs to help you understand the Canadian culture
Getting in touch with community groups that share your language or culture
Accessing social services
Enrolling your children in school
Finding a job
School Board Contacts
Toronto District School Board
263 McCaul Street, Toronto
Toronto Catholic District School Board
80 Sheppard Avenue East, North York
York Region District School Board
60 Wellington Street West, Aurora
York Catholic District School Board
320 Bloomington Road West, Aurora
Tel: 416.221.5050 or Toll-free 1.800.263.2075
When can I apply for Canadian Citizenship?
Children under 18 years of age do not need to have lived in Canada for three years before applying. However, the child must be a permanent resident of Canada to apply for Canadian citizenship. To apply on behalf of your child, you must either already be a citizen or apply for citizenship together as a family.
If you are between 18 and 54, you must provide proof that you can speak and understand English or French. Proof can include:
- Results of a CIC approved third party test
- Transcripts or diploma from a secondary or post-secondary school where you studied in English or French, in Canada or abroad or
- Proof that you meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher in an approved, government funded training program
In addition, you must pass the citizenship knowledge test on the rights, responsibilities and privileges of being a Canadian citizen. The questions are based on information provided in the study guide "Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship". If you are 55 years of age or older, or if you are under 18 at the time of the application, you do not have to take the test.
You can contact the Citizenship and Immigration Canada call centre for information on citizenship andiImmigration: 1-888 242-2100 (telephone number valid in Canada only).