Common Questions

A friend was sponsored to come to Canada but the sponsor left her. What can she do?

Canadian citizens and permanent residents who live in Canada can apply to sponsor (bring) their family members to live with them in Canada. The sponsor must agree to support the person for three to 10 years. The length of time of this support depends on the age of the sponsored person and how he or she is related to the sponsor. Sponsorship breakdown is when the sponsor cannot or will not support the sponsored person, and the sponsored person is unable to support themselves and/or their dependants.

Good starting points include:

  • Sponsorship Breakdown, from the Legal Services Society, explains what to do if a sponsor is no longer willing or able to provide support. It covers the rights of the sponsored person, what to do if there is abuse, applying for welfare, and who can help. It is available in a number of languages.
  • Mothers Without Status, from the YWCA, provides practical information for service providers working with women who have no legal status.

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Last reviewed September 2016

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