IRCC approved 14,816 spousal sponsorship applications in the last quarter of 2020.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the processing of spousal sponsorship in 2020, the ministry had planned to process 6,000 applications each month between October and December 2020. Of 18,000 applications, 16,000 were processed from which 14,816 (92.6%) of them were approved, 837 (5.2%) refused and 346 (2.1%) withdrawn. The federal immigration minister announced they will hasten spousal immigration processing for this year. In 2021, according to Immigration Levels Plan, the government will process nearly 70,000 spousal sponsorship applications.