YWCA Mothers Without Legal Status Project


The YWCA is seeing a growing number of mothers without legal status, many of whom have fled their relationships because of abuse. While trying to rebuild their lives and still adapting to a new country, these women are truly in limbo—unable to work or collect income assistance, yet unable to leave Canada and take their children with them.

The Mothers Without Legal Status project, one of the first of its kind in Canada, examines the gaps between immigration and family law. It reaches out to women whose sponsorship agreements have broken down, who don’t have permanent legal status in Canada and who have children who can’t be taken out of the country due to family court orders.

The website also provides useful information for service providers.