Custodianship Definition

  • What’s a custodian?

    A custodian is a responsible adult, who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, who will take care of and support the minor child. A custodian is optional for minors 17 years of age and older, but an officer can request one on a case-by-case basis.

  • Who is a minor child?

    Each province and territory decides the age when a person becomes an adult. This is known as the age of majority. A person under the age of majority is a “minor child”.

    Province or territory Age of majority
    Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan 18
    British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Yukon 19

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