If you are the sponsor: No. The list of ID for the sponsor is very clear. You choose one from the list. There is no specification to submit the long form birth certificate. For me, I was born before February 15, 1977, so my birth certificate card would be fine, however, I chose to submit my current passport as my ID (plus my older passport bio-date pages as well). You needn't worry about it, you're fine.
If you are not the sponsor: Yes. You need to provide your birth certificate. There is no mention of a long form birth certificate as being a requirement. My wife had her Chinese birth certificate translated and notarized. I have no idea if it was the long form or not, and I have no clue if they even have such a distinction in China.
Why didn't your husband provide his birth certificate?
He only has his BC Birth Cert Card, its like a credit card size thing. His parents in Canada have retained his paper one. I don't understand why but there seems an unwillingness to relinquish it. He was born in 1970, you mentioned something about this?
This is not our first problem. We originally sent off Applications for PR for myself and all 5 children, after being advised to do so by the Canadian High Commission in London
Leon recognised that this was a mistake as the children are already classed as Citizens and just need Proof of. So we then hurriedly sent of the Proof apps and wrote a letter to Missisauga explaining the mistake and hoping they wouldn't void my Application as well?!
We had wrongly paid $1795 for Applications, £700 in unnecessary Medicals, and £100 in photos. We should get a return on some of the Application fees, but the rest is gone.
A very expensive mistake, could have had a solicitor for what we wasted!!!