Who can apply

We’re not currently accepting applications

As of December 30, 2023, we may have received enough applications to fill the available spaces. We’re assessing the ones that have already been submitted.

We’ll post more information on this page if we start to accept applications again for this category.

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To be eligible to apply, you must:

Who can be an anchor

An “anchor” is a family member who will support your application. The anchor must not have immigrated to Canada under this program.

Your anchor must be:

They must not be:

See which crimes and conditions are included

They must not have been convicted under the Canadian Criminal Code of:

  • a crime of a sexual nature, or an attempt or threat to commit such an crime against any person
  • an indictable offence
    • involving the use of violence
    • punishable by a maximum prison term of at least 10 years, or
    • with an attempt to commit such a crime, against any person
  • a crime that results in bodily harm against any person, or an attempt or threat to commit such a crime

They also must not have been convicted outside Canada of a crime that, if committed in Canada, would be equal to one of the above crimes.

They may still be eligible if 5 years have passed since they completed a sentence for one of the above crimes.

What an anchor does

Your anchor must agree to support you for 1 year with a set list of needs to help you settle and integrate.

They must sign an official document stating they promise to:

Anchors must also state that they won’t accept money or other payment from you in exchange for being your anchor.

How we’ll support you

If we approve your application, we’ll:

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