glossary

common-law partner

Canadian immigration law has its own definition of common-law partner. It's someone of the same or opposite sex who you've lived with, for at least a year, in a conjugal or marriage-like relationship. It also includes a conjugal partner if you could not live together because of legal restrictions, or because you would be persecuted.

For example, you might come from a country where your relationship is against the law.

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