Spencer Morrison

Spencer P Morrison is a JD candidate, author of Bobbins, Not Gold & editor-in-chief of the National Economics Editorial. Follow him on twitter @SPMorrison_

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Can You Buy A Canadian Citizenship? Almost

Aug 17, 2017 — Spencer Morrison

There was a myth circulating in the deeper reaches of the internet that one could buy a Canadian citizenship from the Province of Quebec, assuming you were rich enough.  Or so I thought it was a myth.

As it turns out, it’s just about true.  It is entirely possible to essentially purchase Canadian Permanent Residency status, that is the level just beneath Canadian Citizenship, through something called the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.

I’ll explain how this dubious bureaucratic quid pro quo transaction works in a moment, but first, what is the difference between Canadian Permanent Residency and Canadian Citizenship?