The government is honouring its commitment to family reunification by no longer requiring sponsored spouses or partners to live with their sponsor for two years in order to keep their permanent resident status. This measure will also protect vulnerable sponsored spouses or partners—often women—who may stay in abusive relationships because they are afraid of losing their permanent resident status in Canada.
- supports our commitment to gender equality and combatting gender-based violence by protecting a sponsored spouse or partner who may stay in an abusive situation for fear of losing their status in Canada, and;
- applies to anyone who was already subject to the condition, in addition to new spousal sponsorship applicants.
Vancouver is a diverse and culturally rich community. Immigrants account for 40 percent of our total population, and according to the National Household Survey, in 2011 alone our community received over 155,000 newcomers. The elimination of conditional permanent residence will make it easier for families to be reunited and for immigrants to build successful lives in Vancouver South.
“Conditional permanent residence has had a devastating impact on women in abusive relationships, and its elimination can be celebrated by all who oppose violence against women.”Loly RicoPresident of Canadian Council of Refugees