Family Sponsorship Program
  • January 28, 2023
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The Family Sponsorship Program is a pathway to sponsor a spouse, common-law partner, or dependent child. To be eligible for sponsorship under this program, the primary applicant must have a minimum income of $40,000 before taxes ($45,000 per year). However, there are some situations where the minimum income requirement may be waived.

Specific family sponsorship programs require the sponsor to demonstrate a minimum income level to ensure that they can support themselves and their family members in Canada. This minimum income level is set by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI).

Sponsors must meet this threshold based on the number of members in their family, the type of sponsorship program, and where they live in Canada. There are two types of MNI:

  • Federal Minimum Necessary Income for Sponsorship
  • Quebec Minimum Necessary Income for Sponsorship

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for a sponsorship, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. You must also be 18 years of age or older.

Suppose you are applying for a spouse or common-law partner who lives outside Canada. In that case, they must meet all requirements for an eligible foreign national visitor visa holder (see below). They will need their passport to enter Canada and apply for this visa at the border office when entering Canada with their ticket.

Suppose they have been issued more than one valid passport from their country of citizenship. In that case, only one needs to be presented when applying for entry into Canada as long as it contains all required travel documents, such as visas and other stamps that are needed for entry into another country (for example USA requires its citizens to travel abroad to carry proof showing legal status under US law).

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Application Process

The application process is the same for all family members. You’ll need to provide documents that prove your relationship and financial situation and proof that you have enough money to support yourself in Canada.

If you are applying for permanent residence, then the following steps apply:

  • Complete an online questionnaire to determine if you are eligible for sponsorship;
  • If qualified, complete an electronic version of Form IMM 1344E (Application for Family Sponsorship);
  • Attach the required supporting documents with your application;
  • Send it by mail or courier service (or deliver it in person) along with payment (see below).

Benefits of the Family Sponsorship Program

The Family Sponsorship Program is an excellent option for many people because it gives you access to healthcare, education, language training and other services. It also allows you to apply for permanent residency and, eventually, citizenship.

The key benefit of this program is that it allows immigrants already in Canada on another visa or permit (for example, as students) to sponsor family members from abroad without having to leave the country first. This means that if your child has been accepted into university here but can’t afford tuition fees or housing costs while studying on their own–or if they need help finding work after graduation–you could come here under this sponsorship program instead of having them go back home until they have enough money saved up.

Challenges of the Family Sponsorship Program

  • Wait time to be processed.

The family sponsorship program is one of the most challenging programs to get through. The wait times can be extremely long and frustrating, especially if you are trying to bring someone from another country who needs medical care or support. There are several steps involved in this process:

  • It would be best to get your application approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
  • Your sponsor must also be approved by CIC, which means meeting specific criteria, including having enough money saved up for living expenses during your time in Canada as well as proving that they have met all other requirements set forth by immigration laws, such as having lived in Canada before yourself and proving that you know how things work here (such as speaking English). This takes several months while they go through their vetting process before permitting anyone else’s visa applications; however, there are ways around this step if necessary, such as using a lawyer instead of going directly through them yourself!

Family sponsorship program requirements

What Is the Federal Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) for Sponsorship?

The Federal Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) is the minimum income required to sponsor a family member. It’s based on the number of family members living in Canada, so if you have one child who lives with you in Canada, your federal MNI will be $25,865 per year. If you have two children who live with you in Canada, your federal MNI will be $28,715 per year; three children? $32,550 per year; four children? $36,405 per year; five or more children?

Number of Family Members 2020


2 $32,899 $41,007 $40,379
3 $40,445 $50,414 $49,641
4 $49,106 $69,423 $68,358
5 $55,695 $69,423


6 $62,814 $78,296 $77,095
7 $69,935 $87,172 $85,835
For more than 7, each additional person will add $7,121 $8,8764 $8,740

In addition to this, sponsors will be allowed to add certain social benefits to their income calculations, including:

  • Regular Employment Insurance Benefits
  • Any Emergency Response Benefits issued under the Employment Insurance Act or the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit Act
  • Other temporary Covid-19-related reliefs, as long as the provincial governments do not issue them

What Is the Quebec Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) for Sponsorship?

If you live in Quebec, the MNI for your household is $22,744. This is higher than the federal MNI of $20,600 because it reflects the higher living costs in Quebec.

Number of family members

Basic Annual Income











For more than 5, every additional member will add


How to Calculate Your Family Unit Size

To calculate your family unit size, you must include parents and children. If there are any other adults living in the household who is not your spouse or common-law partner, they should also be included in this calculation. In addition to these individuals, any other children who live with you but do not belong to either parent’s family unit should also be included.

If only one parent is present (e.g., a single father), they will only be counted when determining whether they meet the minimum necessary income requirement for sponsorship purposes. However, if two parents are living together (e.,g., a couple), then both of those individuals would need their separate minimum necessary incomes for them all together as part of one “family unit”–as opposed to merely being considered “housemates”–and therefore eligible under federal law for sponsoring another person under its provisions.

Summary of the key points discussed in the blog post

  • You must earn at least $22,000 annually to be eligible for Canadian immigration.
  • If you want to sponsor a spouse or common-law partner, they must also meet the minimum necessary income requirement.
  • To sponsor your parents and grandparents, they must have made at least $20,000 per year in the last two years before applying for immigration.

Instead of meeting the specific income requirement, you can sponsor your parents and grandparents on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. The Canadian government requires applicants for this type of sponsorship to show that their loved ones would suffer hardship if they stayed in their home country instead of coming to Canada.


We hope this article has helped you understand the family sponsorship program’s requirements. We know that it can be confusing, but we also know that once you have all the information in front of you and take some time to think about what it means for your situation, things will start falling into place. If anything we missed or anything else comes up during your application process (or even after), just let us know! We’re here to help with any questions or concerns related to immigration matters.

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