Spouse or Common-Law Partners
If you are a Canadian Citizen or a Canadian Permanent Resident, you can apply to sponsor your Spouse for Permanent Residency as long as you meet all of the requirements as a Sponsor.
If you yourself were sponsored to Canada as a Spouse, you cannot sponsor a new spouse or partner to Canada within five years of you becoming a Permanent Resident of Canada.
For those applying to sponsor a Spouse, Canada defines a Spouse as any of the following:
• Spouse (Married)
• Common-Law Partner
• Conjugal Partner