The rights and responsibilities of a permanent resident in Canada

open work permitMany newcomers to Canada who get the permanent resident status are not aware of their rights in the country. When you become a permanent resident of Canada, you will be entitled to a number of rights. With the PR rights also come certain responsibilities.

However, having a PR status does not mean you are entitled to the same rights as a Canadian citizen. It is important you should do your research and know your rights and responsibilities as a permanent resident of Canada. You become a permanent resident when the government of Canada issues you a PR visa. However, the PR visa does not make you a Canadian citizen.

Rights of a permanent resident

If you are a permanent resident of Canada, you are entitled to avail many social benefits that Canadian citizens enjoy. For example, you have the right to avail health care coverage and get financial support from OSAP.

As a permanent resident, you have the right to live and work anywhere in Canada. You are free to apply for Canadian citizenship and get security under the Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Furthermore, you have the right to go to any school, college, or university in the country.

However, a permanent resident cannot vote or run for a political office in Canada. Also, they are not allowed to hold certain jobs that require a high-level security clearance.

Responsibilities of a permanent resident

Your responsibilities, as a permanent resident of Canada, include:

  • Paying taxes
  • Respecting and following all Canadian laws at all levels
  • Respecting the freedom and rights of others
  • Respecting the official language and cultural heritage of Canada

A permanent resident sentenced for a serious wrongdoing in Canada may be told to leave the country. The offender would lose all the rights he/she was entitled to under the PR status.

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