Financial Requirements (Sponsor)

Financial Requirements (Sponsor)

Canada is committed to family reunification and encourages its citizens to bring their loved ones to the country through various immigration programs. However, you must comply with specific financial requirements to be able to do so.

Family Sponsorship

The sponsorship programs for permanent residents or citizens of Canada initiated by the Canadian government allow you to bring your loved ones to Canada. Family sponsorship programs make it easy for citizens and permanent residents to bring their spouses and immediate family members to Canada. These programs have reduced processing times so that you can be united with your family members quickly.


To sponsor a family member, you must meet minimum eligibility requirements decided by the authorities.

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident and at least 18 years old
  • You must live in Canada or commit to coming back to Canada when your spouse or partner becomes a permanent resident
  • You must be able to provide the basic financial needs of your family member for at least three years

Who Is Not Eligible

You may not be eligible to sponsor a family member if

  • You are in prison
  • You have defaulted on alimony or child support payments
  • You have declared bankruptcy and are not yet released
  • You claim social assistance for some reasons other than being disabled
  • You have defaulted/made late payments/missed paying an immigration loan
  • You have sponsored a family member previously but defaulted on the terms of the sponsorship agreement
  • You have been convicted of violent crime, any offense against a relative

The Cost of Sponsoring a Family Member

For sponsoring a spouse and dependent children/adopted child, you must pay CAD 150 for each child. For sponsoring a spouse/partner, you must pay CAD 1050. Other fees as stated by the Canadian government are

  • Sponsorship fee CAD 75
  • Principal applicant processing fee CAD 475
  • Right of permanent residence fee CAD 500
  • Biometrics: CAD 85

Income requirement for Canadian family sponsorship

There are specific minimum income requirements needed for some sponsorship applications. You must meet the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) based on the size of the family. You are also required to provide Notices of Assessment to the Canada Revenue Agency to prove that you have complied with the MNI needed for three years.

When you sponsor a spouse, you need not demonstrate a minimum income. However, while sponsoring a family member, you must sign an undertaking to provide financial support for the basic needs of your sponsored family member. This undertaking acknowledges your promise to repay social assistance benefits paid to the sponsor and their family members for a period of 20 years.

The time span for the undertaking depends on the sponsorship category. For spousal sponsorship, the length of the undertaking is three years from the day the sponsored person is granted permanent residency.

If you are sponsoring your dependent children, you need not meet the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI). The dependent child must not have any dependent children of their own to be eligible. If the sponsored dependent child has dependent children, as the sponsor, you must meet the MNI specific to the family unit size.

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Keen to sponsor a family member? We can help you understand the procedures and overcome the challenges associated with the process. At SunnySpire, we have experienced consultants ready to provide you with the guidance you need to complete the formalities successfully and ensure a smooth passage into Canada for your family members. Call us for more information about how to sponsor a family member.

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