Family Law


In Canada, it is against the law to be married to more than one person at a time. You cannot come to Canada with more than one spouse even if you were married to more than one person in the past.

It is also against the law to marry someone in Canada if one of you is already married (it does not matter where or when that marriage took place). In Canada, you can only remarry if you are legally divorced or if your spouse has died.

It is illegal to force anyone into marriage in Canada. Women who are pressured into marriage should contact public authorities, such as the police, who will protect them.

It is a crime to marry a Canadian citizen or permanent resident only to gain entry into Canada. Find out more information about marriage fraud.


The Divorce Act explains Canada’s rules for getting a civil divorce to end a civil marriage.

In Canada, only a court can give you a civil divorce. Either husband or wife may apply for a divorce but you must prove to the court that your marriage has broken down and that you have arranged for the support of any children.

Labour laws

For information on labour laws, see Look for jobs in Canada.

Animal protection

Across Canada, there are laws that prohibit cruelty toward animals. These laws apply to both pets and farm animals. You may be fined or jailed if you neglect or hurt an animal.

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