Minimum Necessary Income for Family Sponsorship

Last updated: 20 October 2020

In order to sponsor a family member for permanent residence in Canada, sponsors must exceed the minimum necessary income for the program.

The income requirement varies depending on the number of family members being supported in Canada, the location of the sponsor in Canada, and the number of family members being sponsored. 

Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship

For parent and grandparent sponsorship, the sponsor in Canada will only be eligible if they exceed the MNI for three consecutive taxation years (except in the province of Quebec). This requirement ensures that sponsors who bring their parents and grandparents to Canada are ready for the financial responsibility that often comes with caring for elderly family members.

Sponsors under the Parent And Grandparent Sponsorship must meet the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) outlined in the chart below. The MNI figures below are Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) figures, plus 30 per cent.

The figures below represent the MNI for individuals living in Canada outside the Province of Quebec:

Size of Family UnitMNI 
2020
MNI
2019
MNI
2018
MNI
2017
2 persons$32,899$41,007$40,379$39,813
3 persons$40,445$50,414$49,641$48,945
4 persons$49,106$61,209$60,271$59,426
5 persons$55,695$69,423$68,358$67,400
6 persons$62,814$78,296$77,095$76,015
7 persons$69,935$87,172$85,835$84,631
Each additional person$7,121$8,876$8,740$8,616

Note: To prove they meet the MNI requirement, potential sponsors must provide their Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the last 3 taxation years before applying (2020, 2019 and 2018).

  • IRCC announced that for the 2020 application intake sponsor revenues will be assessed for the 2020, 2019 and 2018 fiscal years as completed applications are likely to be received in January and February 2021. IRCC will accept applications with only the 2019 and 2018 Notice of Assessment (NOA) and is asking sponsors to submit their 2020 NOAs as soon as it becomes available. 

Low Income Cut-Off (LICO)

Size of Family UnitMinimum necessary gross income
1 person (your child or grandchild)$25,921
2 persons$32,270
3 persons$39,672
4 persons$48,167
5 persons$54,630
6 persons$61,613
7 persons$68,598
More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add$6,985

Minimum necessary income for Quebec family sponsorship

Sponsors living in the province of Quebec must meet different income requirements. Sponsors are presumed capable of fulfilling an undertaking if, over the past 12 months, they have had gross income from Canadian sources equal to the total of the income appearing in Table 1 and Table 2 below. The income in both tables is indexed each year.

Size of Family UnitBasic annual income required
1 person$24,296
2 persons$32,796
3 persons$40,491
4 persons$46,569
5 persons$51,829
More than 5 persons, for each additional person add$5,260

Table 2 below refers solely to the persons being sponsored. Principal applicants should add the relevant figure from Table 1 above to the relevant figure in the right-side column of Table 2 to arrive at the total minimum income required.

Additional income required of the sponsor to satisfy the basic needs of the sponsored person and his or her family members

Number of persons 18 years of age or over

Number of persons under 18 years

Gross annual income required of the sponsor

 1$8,409
 2$13,328
The gross annual income required increases by $4,444 for each additional person under 18 years of age.
Number of persons 18 years of age or overNumber of persons under 18 yearsGross annual income required of the sponsor
1 $17,770
11$23,876
12$26,960
The gross annual income required increases by $3,082 for each additional person under 18 years of age.
Number of persons 18 years of age or overNumber of persons under 18 yearsGross annual income required of the sponsor
2 $26,060
21$29,192
22$31,515
The gross annual income required increases by $2,313 for each additional person under 18 years of age and by $8,285 for each additional person 18 years of age or over.