Which Canadian province welcomed more spouse and partner immigrants in 2021?

Which Canadian province welcomed more spouse and partner immigrants in 2021 (1)

More than 80 percent of 64,200 spouse and partner immigrants arrived in three Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec, in 2021.

The open government figures show that Ontario stands as a dominant destination province.

British Columbia stood second with 12,000 newbies in the category, or 18.5 percent, whereas Quebec saw only 11,000 arrivals or 17.3 percent.

Canada’s latest Immigration Levels Plan aims at 80,000 spouses, partners, and children through the permanent residence streams in 2022.

That number speaks for the Family Class immigrants, with a majority of 105,000 ready to be welcomed this year, with a difference implemented through the Parents and Grandparents Program.

This shows that there are many ways for the permanent residents and citizens who are looking forward to bringing their families to Canada.

  2022 2023 2024
Spouses, Partners and Children 80,000 81,000 81,000

Spousal reunification is one of the various immigration streams that saw a substantial rise in the processing period due to the pandemic.

According to Sean Fraser, the Immigration Minister, the spousal reunification stream was among the first to return to the service standard of 12 months for processing.

The rest of the categories, along with those for Federal High Skilled Workers, still have more processing times than that service standard.

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The family sponsorship applicants have access to check their application status. 

In the most recent times, Canada launched a new application tracker for the candidates under the family sponsorship to follow up on the status of their immigration file.

Initially, the tracker was made available in February for the permanent residence applicants under the categories of spouse, partner, and child, which helps check their application status.

A tweet from Sean Fraser stated that this new tool is an easier way for people to check their status online and is made available for the categories of spousal, partners, or dependent children. He also mentioned that a similar tracker would be provided for the other programs.

Eligibility criteria to sponsor spouse, conjugal partner, or common-law

Sponsors need to:

  • Must be a permanent resident, Canadian citizen, or an individual registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
    • The Canadian citizens living outside Canada need to show that they plan to make a living in Canada when the sponsored individual becomes permanent residents.
    • The permanent residents living outside Canada are not permitted to be sponsors.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be able to show that they aren’t getting social assistance for reasons apart from disability.
  • Must be able to meet the basic needs of those being sponsored.

Who Can Be Sponsored?

The individual who is being sponsored along with their family members must get through the security, medical and background checks.


A spouse can be of any gender and must be:

  • 18 years old
  • Lawfully married to the sponsor

Common-Law Partner:

A common-law partner must be:

  • Unlawfully married to the sponsor.
  • 18 years old.
  • Living with the sponsor for 12 continuous months in a conjugal relationship without any gap

Evidence of a common-law relationship involves:

  • Equally shared ownership of residential property.
  • Rental agreements or joint leases.
  • Bills for split accounts of utility.
  • Important documents displaying the same address, like insurance policies or driver’s licenses
  • Documents of identification

Conjugal Partner:

A conjugal partner must be:

  • In a common-law relationship or unlawfully married to the sponsor
  • 18 years old
  • Holding a relationship with the sponsor for one year
  • Making a living outside Canada.

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