A sponsor’s minimum income requirement exists only for some categories of Family Class sponsorship.
Thus, a sponsor does not need to meet a minimum income requirement to sponsor:
- conjugal partner
- dependent children (under 22 years old), with some exceptions though.
However, to sponsor parents, grandparents, orphaned relatives and other close relatives, a sponsor must prove an annual income in the preceding years.
The annual income must at least be equal to the minimum necessary income, calculable based on the number of persons in a sponsor’s family. For that purpose, a sponsor’s family is composed of a sponsor, spouse or partner, dependent children, and the sponsored person(s). Every year the Canadian Government publishes federal income scales – Low Income Cut-Off (LICO).
Thus, to find out if the sponsor has the minimum necessary income to sponsor family members and relatives, firstly, find out a sponsor’s size of family, and then check the required annual income based on the number of the sponsor’s family members in the specified year.