Eligibility for Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds is a path available for people who have built a life in Canada. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act grants individuals leave to apply for permanent residence, from within Canada. Section 25 of the Act gives the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration the power to grant permanent resident status based on personal circumstances if these personal circumstances comply with the humanitarian and compassionate appeal policy.
Humanitarian and Compassionate applications are reviewed based on the applicant’s establishment, separation from family members and the compelling reasons for remaining in Canada. Immigration officers take into account the best interest of the applicant, their dependents and the hardships they would face within their home country.