When you are travelling, you need a permanent resident (PR) card to prove you’re a PR when you return to Canada. Apply for a PR card or travel document, get urgent processing or check the status of your application. If your PR card expired, you can renew your card. You still have your PR status even if your PR card expired.
A permanent residence card is an important document which confirms a person’s status in Canada and allows them access to certain resources. It is sent automatically to newly arrived sponsored persons. To avoid problems or delays, a sponsored person’s mailing address must be up to date, and that the card is renewed before it expires.