The Minimum Necessary Income and Family Class Sponsorships

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One of the requirements to being a sponsor in both the Family Class and the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class is that the sponsor must on the day that the application is submitted and until the application is assessed have a minimum necessary income.

For most types of family sponsorships, the income must be equal to the minimum necessary income, which is statutorily defined as being equal to Statistics Canada Low Income Cutoff (“LICO“). The current LICO requirements are as follows:

Size of Family Unit
Minimum necessary income

1 person (the sponsor)
$24,949

2 persons
$31,061

3 persons
$38,185

4 persons
$46,362

5 persons
$52,583

6 persons
$59,304

7 persons
$66,027

More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add
$6,628

For sponsors seeking to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents, the income must be equal to the minimum necessary income plus 30% for each of the three consecutive taxation years immediately preceding the date of filing of the sponsorship application. The current requirements are as follows:

Total number of persons you would be responsible for
Minimum income required for the 3 taxation years right before the date of your application

2018
2017
2016

2 persons
$40,379
$39,813
$39,371

3 persons
$49,641
$48,945
$48,404

4 persons
$60,271
$59,426
$58,768

5 persons
$68,358
$67,400
$66,654

6 persons
$77,095
$76,015
$75,174

7 persons
$85,835
$84,631
$83,695

If more than 7 persons, for each additional person, add
$8,740
$8,616
$8,522

Canadians seeking to sponsor their spouses or common-law partners do not need to have a minimum necessary income.

Excluded from these amounts include, amongst other things, any amounts paid to the sponsor under the Employment Insurance Act, other than special benefits.

Looking Beyond the Notices of Assessment

Visa officers must accept Canada Revenue Agency Notices of Assessments as proof of income when a sponsorship application is filed.

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