The BCCLA and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) are currently pursuing two separate court cases challenging the changes made to Canada’s Citizenship Act by Bill C-24.
BCCLA, CARL and Ansari v AG of Canada: Challenging Two-Tier Canadian Citizenship
On August 20, 2015, the BCCLA and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) launched a constitutional challenge arguing that the new Citizenship Act, as amended by Bill C-24, creates a two-tier citizenship regime that discriminates against dual nationals, whether born abroad or in Canada, and naturalized citizens.
BCCLA and CARL v. Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship
On September 26, 2016, the BCCLA and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) launched a legal challenge to protect the rights of Canadians facing revocation of their Canadian citizenship due to allegations of misrepresentation. The BCCLA and CARL argue that the revocation regime is procedurally unfair and violates principles of fundamental justice, contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.