Canada launches audio citizenship guide

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has launched an audio version of its official citizenship study guide, Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of a Citizen, to help even more people pass the country’s citizenship test.

Discover Canada

Discover Canada

“I’m pleased to launch the audio eBook version of Discover Canada just in time for Canada Day,” said Canada’s Immigration Minister Jason Kenney last week. “This is yet another way those studying for the citizenship test can learn about Canada’s history, values, symbols and important institutions.”

Since the launch of the Discover Canada guide in 2009, almost one million hard copies have been distributed. In addition, almost 400,000 copies have been downloaded online from the CIC website ( and there have been over 1.5 million hits to the Discover Canada Web page.

“This guide helps newcomers integrate into Canadian society and become fully contributing citizens. It is also an excellent source for established Canadians to find out more about our history and the pioneers that helped to build this great country,” said Minister Kenney.

Currently permanent residents aged over 18, who have lived in Canada for at least three years (1,095 days) in the past four years, are eligible to apply for citizenship. All applicants who meet the basic citizenship requirements must sit and pass a citizenship test before they will be recognised as official citizens.

The citizenship test can be taken in either English or French and will test applicants on a range of factors to do with living in Canada, including election procedures, the rights and responsibilities of a citizen and Canadian geography.