Canada is a popular destination for immigrants due to its high quality of life, strong economy, and diverse culture. The country offers several pathways for individuals to immigrate, including as a common-law partner. However, to be considered a common law partner, there are specific criteria that must be met.

What is a Common Law Partner?

In Canada, a common-law partner is defined as a person who has lived with their partner in a conjugal relationship for at least 12 months. This applies to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples. To be considered a common-law partner, individuals must provide evidence that they have been living together for the required length of time and that they have a genuine and ongoing relationship.

Supporting Evidence for Common Law Partnership

When applying for immigration as a common-law partner, you will be asked to provide supporting evidence to demonstrate that you meet the criteria. The types of evidence that may be requested can include:

Proof of cohabitation: You will need to provide documents that show that you have been living together for at least 12 months. This can include rental agreements, utility bills, bank statements, or other official documents that show both of your names and the same address

Proof of joint finances: You may be asked to provide evidence that you and your partner share financial responsibilities, such as joint bank accounts, joint credit cards, or joint ownership of assets.

Proof of social and familial ties: It’s important to show that you and your partner have a genuine and ongoing relationship, which can include evidence of social and familial ties, such as photographs, invitations, or letters from friends and family.

Statutory declarations: A statutory declaration is a legal document that is signed in front of a commissioner of oaths. It can be used to provide evidence of your relationship, such as statements from friends or family members who can attest to the nature of your relationship.

Other supporting documents: Depending on the specific circumstances of your relationship, you may be asked to provide other supporting documents, such as proof of joint travel, proof of joint memberships or subscriptions, or proof of joint legal obligations.


Becoming a common law partner in Canada can be a great way to immigrate to the country and start a new life with your loved one. However, it’s important to provide thorough and accurate supporting evidence to demonstrate that you meet the criteria. By following the guidelines and providing the required documents, you can increase your chances of a successful immigration application as a common law partner.

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