Sample Letter

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This is a sample permission letter for a child travelling to Canada with only one parent.

Why does my minor child need a letter of guardianship with consent from both parents?

Children under 18 years of age who are residing in Canada alone, must have information on the person who will be responsible for them. If the child is the subject of a custody order, proof of custody and the other parent's consent must also be provided. Minors travelling without their parent(s) require a letter of permission to travel, from the non-accompanying parent(s) and a letter from their custodian in Canada. This is to meet Canada's obligation under the Convention of the Protection of Children.

The following sample letter can be amended to meet your specific situation and requirements.

To Whom It May Concern

I (We), ________________ (full name(s) of custodial and/or non-custodial parent(s)/legal guardian(s)), am (are) the____________________ (lawful custodial parent and/or non-custodial parent(s) or legal guardian(s)) of

   Child’s full name: _____________________________________
   Date of birth (DD/MM/YY): _____________________________
   Place of birth: ________________________________________
   Canadian passport number:_____________________________
   Date of issuance of Canadian passport (DD/MM/YY): ________
   Place of issuance of Canadian passport: __________________


________________ (child’s full name), has my (our) consent to travel with

   Full name of accompanying person: _______________________
   Canadian or foreign passport number: _____________________
   Date of issuance of passport (DD/MM/YY):_________________
   Place of issuance of passport: ___________________________

to visit ______________ (name of foreign country) during the period of __________________ (dates of travel: departure and return). During that period, ________________ (child’s full name) will be residing with ________________ (name of person where child will be residing in foreign country) at the following address:

   Number/street address and apartment number: ______________
   City, province/state, country: _____________________________
   Telephone and fax numbers (work and residence): _______________________

Any questions regarding this consent letter can be directed to the undersigned at:

   Number/street address and apartment number: ______________
   City, province/state, country: _____________________________
   Telephone and fax numbers (work and residence): _______________________

Signature(s):______________________________________ Date:_________________ (Full name(s) and signature(s) of custodial parent, and/or non-custodial parent(s) or legal guardian(s))

Signed before me, ________________ (name of witness), this _________________ (date) at ________ ______ (name of location).

Signature: ________________ (name of witness)