The Auditor General of Canada had a new report on becoming a Canadian Citizen. Well, it’s not good. Here is an excerpt that should amaze you.
‘Detecting and preventing fraud
Overall, we found that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada was not adequately detecting and preventing fraud in the Citizenship Program. The Department did not have a systematic method of identifying and documenting fraud risks in the Citizenship Program and did not verify that the measures it implemented to detect and prevent fraud were working as intended. We found that some important controls designed to help citizenship officers identify and act on fraud risks were not consistently applied. We also found that the Department was not reliably receiving from its partners—the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canada Border Services Agency—important information on criminal charges and potential residency fraud that citizenship officers need to make informed decisions about granting citizenship.
These findings are important because failing to carry out essential steps, such as obtaining necessary information and conducting adequate analysis, creates gaps in the process that make it easier for people to obtain citizenship when they may not be eligible. Since revoking citizenship after it has been granted is costly, while the cost to grant it is far less, it is important to ensure that only eligible applicants receive it in the first place.’