Taking A Canadian Citizenship Test in 2021

In March 2020, the IRCC suspended Canadian citizenship tests due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With safeguards to ensure proper identification, the IRCC has launched a new virtual option for those taking the Canadian citizenship tests.

The IRCC will test this process over the next several months, starting with a small group (around 5,000 people) to test it out before they had already scheduled the in-person citizenship test before the pandemic, which may have been canceled.

What to Expect During the Online Citizenship Test

Before the test, participants will be asked to confirm their identity through personal information and will need to take a photo of themselves and their identity documents with a webcam before the test can begin. The online platform will continuously take photos of participants during the test, a process that has been used to ensure the integrity of other tests that were moved online due to the pandemic, such as skill tests or entrance tests.

The IRCC will inform guests to take the test online by email.

What if I don’t want to take the online test?

You are more than welcome to wait to take the citizenship test in person, but there is no set date when that will be an option available!

Who Can Take The Citizenship Test?

The citizenship test is available to people who:

are between 18 and 54 years old
meet citizenship requirements
They ask to retain Canadian citizenship

What Is On The Test?

You will be asked 20 questions (must be completed in 30 minutes) about the rights and responsibilities of Canadians and Canadians:


Check out the Canadian Citizenship Test Study Guide!

Is The Test Open Book?

Unfortunately no, the Canadian citizenship test is NOT an open book and you are expected to study on your own before the test. IRCC will provide you with a comprehensive question and answer guide early in the process..

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