It is very important to apply for Canadian citizenship as soon as you are able to. Why? Not only does becoming a citizen allow you to vote it also grants you other privileges and protections that being a permanent resident does not.
You can obtain a Canadian passport. Generally speaking, you have more rights as a citizen than you do as a permanent resident. Your children will become eligible for Canadian citizenship even if they are not born in Canada.
If you keep your permanent resident status, then you have to constantly renew it. Your citizenship is something that you do not need to renew. You can check here to determine whether or not you are able to apply for citizenship: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizenship/become-eligibility.asp.
Matthew J. Van Den Hooven
Matthew is a lawyer based in Nanaimo, B.C. Please note that the accuracy of the information in this blog is not guaranteed and that the law does change. It is not a replacement for independent legal advice. Contact Matthew to arrange for an appointment today.