Live webinar June 22, 2023 at 11:00am EST
OR available available video recording


Chantal Desloges


5 hours


This course provides an in-depth overview of the family sponsorship application process, including the sponsorship of spouses (married, conjugal and CML), parents, grandparents, children and other family members. Eligibility requirements and exclusions will be reviewed, as well as each step involved in the preparation of a family sponsorship application. The course will also include a discussion about how to handle ineligibility and refused applications, as well as ethical dilemmas that may surface in these types of applications and how to manage them.

  • Eligibility requirements for a sponsor
  • Barriers to sponsor eligibility
    • 5 Year Bar for previously-sponsored spouses
    • Criminality
  • Categories of family members who can be sponsored
    • Spouses – legality, genuineness, primary purpose of marriage
    • Common law partners – cohabitation, conjugality
    • Conjugal partners – conjugality
    • Dependent child – age limits, medical exceptions
    • Parent/Grandparent
    • Others – adopted children, orphaned children, etc.
    • The evolving concept of “family”
  • Excluded Family Members
  • Spouse in Canada Class
  • The Application Process
  • How to handle ineligibility
    • Humanitarian requests
    • Temporary Resident Permits
    • Appeals and Judicial Review
  • Considerations in parent/grandparent sponsorships
  • Ethical considerations in Family Class applications

For Lawyers and Paralegals

Law Society of Ontario
• Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 5 hours

Law Society of British Columbia
• Approved for 5 CPD credits

Law Societies of Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia
• For members of these Law Societies, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual requirements

For Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants

College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants
• Approved for 5 CPD hours, including 1 hour of ethics
• Video recording valid until June 21, 2024




  • Attendance at the live five hour webinar
  • Access to the course materials
  • Ability to watch the webinar until  December 31, 2024
Chantal Desloges

Barrister & Solicitor – Certified Specialist
Senior Partner, Desloges Law Group

Chantal Desloges is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in both Citizenship/Immigration law and Refugee law. Her practice encompasses every possible area of Canadian citizenship, immigration and refugee law, such as business class applications, skilled workers, family sponsorships, work and study permits, refugee cases, citizenship applications, plus Appeals and Judicial Reviews of refused cases. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1999 and is the founding and senior partner of Desloges Law Group.

​Chantal taught Immigration Law at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000/2001. She also taught in the Immigration Practitioner Certificate Programme at Seneca College from 1999 – 2010 and the Immigration Consultant Diploma at Herzing College from 2015 – 2018. She currently teaches a number of continuing professional development programs for LPEN, IMEDA and the Ontario Bar Association, among others.

​In November, 2016, Chantal and her good friend Cathryn Sawicki published the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law: A Practitioner’s Handbook. Chantal has been called upon 15 times by Parliamentary and Senate Committees to appear as an expert witness on immigration and refugee issues.

​In 2012, Chantal was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, followed by the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Pro Bono award. In 2013, Chantal was appointed by the Minister of Justice to serve on the Federal Court Rules Committee, and was reappointed for a further term in 2016. In 2014, Chantal was also elected to the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section, where she served until 2018.

​Chantal is a regular immigration commentator on CTV Power Play, and has been interviewed by both national and local television stations such as CBC, CTV National News, W5, Canada AM, Global News and CP24. She has also been interviewed and quoted in national and local newspapers such as the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Globe and Mail, National Post and the Ottawa Citizen.