What are my obligations when sponsoring my spouse for Canadian immigration?

Julia Hornstein
Published: July 12, 2022

If you sponsor your spouse or partner to become a Canadian permanent resident, you must sign an undertaking, in which you promise to provide financial support for the basic needs of your spouse or partner (and their dependent children, if applicable).

Sponsor your family for Canadian immigration

Basic needs include:

  • Food, clothing, shelter and anything else needed for everyday living.
  • Dental care, eye care and other health care that isn’t covered by public health services.

Before signing the undertaking agreement, you must be certain that the sponsored person will not need to ask the government for financial help. In addition, if they receive social assistance from the government, you will need to pay back the amount they have received during the time you were responsible for them.

The undertaking is a binding promise of support. It deems you responsible for supporting the applicant for the length of the undertaking period, even if your situation changes. The undertaking will stay in effect even if:

  • The person you sponsor becomes a Canadian citizen
  • You divorce, separate or the relationship with the sponsored person breaks down
  • You or the sponsored person move to another province or country
  • You experience financial problems

What is the length of the undertaking?

The length of the undertaking is different for residents of Quebec then it is for the rest of Canada. For all parts of Canada except for Quebec, if you are sponsoring a spouse, common law or conjugal partner, the length of the undertaking is 3 years from the day the sponsored person becomes a permanent resident.

If you are sponsoring a dependent child over 22 years old, the length of the undertaking is also 3 years. If the dependent child is under 22 years old, the length of the undertaking is 10 years from the day they become a permanent resident or until the child becomes 25 years old, whichever comes first.

Can I cancel my undertaking?

If you change your mind and no longer want to sponsor a spouse or partner, you must write Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) a letter before the final decision is made on the file. The withdrawal of an undertaking will only be allowed if it is approved by IRCC.

Sponsor your family for Canadian immigration

© CIC News All Rights Reserved. Visit CanadaVisa.com to discover your Canadian immigration options.

Share this article
Share your voice
Did you find this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Did you find this article helpful?
Please provide a response
Thank you for your helpful feedback
Please contact us if you would like to share additional feedback, have a question, or would like Canadian immigration assistance.
  • Do you need Canadian immigration assistance? Contact the Contact Cohen Immigration Law firm by completing our form
  • Send us your feedback or your non-legal assistance questions by emailing us at media@canadavisa.com
Related articles
Caregivers to be given permanent resident status on arrival under new pilot programs
Portrait of a daughter holding her elderly father, sitting on a bed by a window in her father's room.
Which family members can I bring with me to Canada once I receive permanent residence?
Children and parents posing, smiling, playing and having fun.
Ukrainians no longer eligible to enter Canada under CUAET special measures
Mother posing in front of a camera with her two kids, smiling
How your spouse or partner may be able to join you in Canada sooner than expected
A young couple in love sitting on the sofa in the living room at home, eating popcorn, covered with a blanket and watching a movie on the projector.
Top Stories
Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan invite candidates for nomination in latest draws
Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association recommends IRPA legislation reform
Speed Up Your Canadian Study Permit through the Student Direct Stream: Tips for International Students
Join our free newsletter. Get Canada's top immigration stories delivered to your inbox.
Subscribe
More in Sponsor Content
Speed Up Your Canadian Study Permit through the Student Direct Stream: Tips for International Students
International students aiming to study in Canada can expedite their study permit application process through a specialized program offered by the Canadian government.
Live Webinar: A Clear Path to Academic Achievement in Canada Redefined
Attain a great score on your language assessment and increase your chances of admission to a Canadian university.
Avoid these common tax-filing mistakes as a self-employed newcomer
Filing your income taxes when self-employed can sometimes be a more complicated and involved process than tax filing as an employee in Canada.
Prepare for CAEL and Meet Your Academic Goals with the Path to Success!
The CAEL Path to Success is a helpful tool to chart and track your progress as candidates prepare for CAEL.
Link copied to clipboard