Jun 28, 2023
By Jane Brown
As Canadians, we may be feeling pride as Canada Day approaches on Saturday, but a new poll suggests most Canadians would not pass a citizenship test.
A new Leger survey of 1500 adults found that only 23-percent would pass the citizenship test.
People who wish to become Canadian need to answer 20 questions about citizens’ rights and responsibilities, as well as Canada’s history, geography, economy, government, laws and symbols.
And they need to get 75-percent of them right to pass, but the average score of the Canadians who were surveyed was only 49 percent.
History questions seemed to trip up respondents the most.
As an example, only 24 percent knew that the House of Commons recognized in 2006 that the Quebecois form a nation within a united Canada.
Respondents fared slightly better when it came to national symbols and influential people: 49-percent knew that Marjorie Turner-Bailey is an Olympian and descendant of black loyalists, and 42-percent recognized Canada’s motto “from sea to sea.”