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Immigration and Family Lawyer in the Heart of Toronto

If you are sponsoring a spouse, a common law or a conjugal partner or another eligible family member to Canada, or if you are getting married or separating we can help you. We can also assist you in the preparation of Last Wills and Testaments, Trusts, Living Wills and Powers of Attorney. Our Toronto family lawyer can assist you in making cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, and separation agreements. We do not deal with complex financial matters. In immigration law, we specialize in spousal, common law and family sponsorships for permanent residence.

How We Help Our Clients

All family law and immigration law consultations include a comprehensive meeting with a Toronto family lawyer or a Toronto immigration lawyer, who will provide an assessment of your case and personalized legal advice. We will aim to provide you with a strategy, timeliness and creative solutions to your legal matter.

Please note we do not offer free legal consultations and we do not offer contingency retainers. For certain immigration matters, such as spousal sponsorships and Canadian citizenship applications, once retained, we deduct the amount of your initial consultation from your overall legal fees. You may wish to contact the Law Society of Upper Canada for a list of lawyers who provide free legal consultations.

Legal fees for most family law services are subject to an hourly rate. We understand that legal costs can be daunting expenditures for many people. We offer interest-free financing options for our clients. In circumstances of exceptional hardship, we may reduce our fees on a sliding scale. Most immigration law matters are conducive to a flat fee. In such cases, we provide competitively priced packages. All prices are subject to Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of 13%.

Ivan Steele Law Office accepts following forms of payment for your convenience: Cash or Money Order, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Interac e-transfers and electronic bank transfers.

Initial Consultation Fee (Family or Immigration Law) – $ 220 + HST

Please note that we require a notice of cancellation at least 24 hours before the scheduled meeting. If you do not cancel your appointment with at least 24 hours before the scheduled meeting you will be issued an invoice.


Spousal Sponsorships and Economic Classes Applications for Permanent Residence in Canada:

In order to successfully immigrate to Canada as a spouse, you will need to establish on a balance of probability that your relationship fits into one of the three main categories: married partners (including same sex partners married any place which legally recognizes same sex marriages), common law partners (partners of the same or opposite sex who have cohabited for at least one year), conjugal partners (partners of the same or opposite sex who are not married and have not cohabited for one year, but have been in a substantial, interdependent relationship for at least one year).

Each case is unique and requires context-specific evidence in order to satisfy the permanent residency criteria. Working closely with you, our immigration lawyer, Ivan Steele, will prepare your application package for submission and act as a continuing point of contact for the application throughout the processing, until permanent residence decision is made.

Although we charge a flat fee for spousal sponsorships and most permanent residence applications, because of a unique nature of each case, immigration law fees depend on the complexity of each matter. The exact amount will be determined following an initial consultation.

Visitor Visas to Canada: $799.00 + HST and Disbursements.
Study Permits (Student Visas): $799.00 + HST and Disbursements.


Uncontested and Joint Divorces – $640.00 + HST and Disbursements.

Independent Legal Advice (Marriage Contracts, Separation Agreements, Cohabitation Agreements) – $449.99 + HST.

Foreign Divorce Opinion Letters – $379.99 + HST.

People divorced outside of Canada may have a more difficult time obtaining an Ontario marriage licence. One of the requirements to acquire a marriage license is that the a marrying couple must get an opinion from an Ontario lawyer, stating that a foreign divorce would be recognized here. A legal opinion letter from an Ontario lawyer must be addressed to both applicants, and must provide reasons as to why the divorce should be recognized in the Province of Ontario.

Consent to Travel Document

Drafting and notarization of consent to travel document for children travelling without one or both parents – From $79.99 (+ applicable taxes)

Estate Law Fees

Single Will – $499.99 + HST

Reciprocal Wills – $599.99 + HST

Affidavit of Execution – $49.99 + HST

Powers of Attorney for Property, Personal Care or Living Wills – $179.99 + HST

We can prepare Estate Planning packages that are tailored to give you the maximum value for your money. For complex estate matters,  additional fees or hourly rates may apply.

The following are our estate packages:

• Basic Estate Planning package for a single person – $699.99 + HST (Simple Will and two Powers of Attorney and a Living Will.)

• Basic Estate Planning Package for spouses, common-law and conjugal couples, with no children or beneficiaries under 18 – $949.99 + HST (Two Simple Wills, four Powers of Attorney, including two Living Wills .)

• Basic Estate Planning Package for single persons with beneficiaries under 18 – $799.99 + HST (One Will, two Powers of Attorney, a Living Will.)

• Basic Estate Planning Package for spouses, common-law and conjugal couples, with beneficiaries under 18 – $1,299.99 + HST (Two Simple Wills, Four Powers of Attorney, including two Living Wills.)


1st Notarization/Commission/Certification/Exhibit – $29.99 (+ applicable taxes)

2nd Notarization/Commission/Certification/Exhibit – $19.99 (+ applicable taxes)

3rd Notarization/Commission/Certification/Exhibit – $14.99 (+ applicable taxes)

4th and subsequent Notarization/Commission – $9.99 (+ applicable taxes)

More than 18 – Price varies on number of documents. * One seal is included in the fee for each notarization / commissioning / certification / exhibit

Letter of invitation for the purposes of applying for a Canadian visitor’s visa (includes notarization fee) – From $99.00 (+ applicable taxes)

Statutory Declaration (includes Declaration in lieu of guarantor for the Passport Application) Includes certification of applicant’s photo, declaration in lieu of guarantor and certification of documents that support the applicant’s identity) – From $40 (+ applicable taxes)

Certified Copy of Passport (including every page) – From $39.99 (+ applicable taxes)


We are looking forward on hearing from you. We are here to help you with your immigration and family law matters.


My wife and daughter’s permanent residency was approved in record time!! Ivan takes the time to make sure you are able to create a perfect application, including advice on the unwritten factors that could affect your application.
Ivan has made dreams come true for us and I would recommend (and have) to anyone wanting to bring their family ‘home’.

―Paul Bacon
I had an excellent experience working with Ivan Steele Law Office on a number of Family law matters.
They were very informative and caring. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.

―Rob Hopkins