Minimum Necessary Income for Family Sponsorship

Last updated: 23 September 2021

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To sponsor family members, you must prove that you can meet the minimum necessary income requirement, meaning that you have sufficient income to support all the people for whom you will be financially responsible.

The income requirement varies depending on the number of family members being cared for in Canada, the number of family members being sponsored and whether the sponsor lives in Canada or Quebec. Find all the details on this CanadaVisa page.

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What is the "Minimum Necessary Income" or MNI?

In order to qualify for some family sponsorship programs, sponsors are required to have a minimum level of income to support themselves, members of their family unit, as well as those they wish to sponsor. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada uses "Minimum Necessary Income" or MNI thresholds to assess the sponsor's ability to financially support their family members. Family sponsorship applicants will only be considered eligible to sponsor their family members if they can meet the NMI requirements for their family size.

Who is included in family size unit?

The size of the family unit is established based on who is currently being supported by the sponsor in Canada and those they are planning to sponsor. To calculate a family unit, you would include:

  • yourself
  • your spouse or partner
  • your dependent children
  • your spouse’s or partner’s dependent children
  • any other person you previously sponsored in the past and for whom you’re still financially responsible 
  • the parents and grandparents you want to sponsor
  • your parents and grandparents spouse, partner and dependent children

You must also include dependent children, spouse, partner and separated spouses who will not be coming to Canada with your parents or grandparents.



    MNI for Parents and Grandparents Program 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 Unit MNI 
    2020
    MNI
    2019
    MNI
    2018
    2 persons $32,270 $41,007 $40,379
    3 persons $39,672 $50,414 $49,641
    4 persons $48,167 $61,209 $60,271
    5 persons $54,630 $69,423 $68,358
    6 persons $61,613 $78,296 $77,095
    7 persons $68,595 $87,172 $85,835
    Each additional person $6,985 $8,876 $8,740

    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 and 2021 application intake sponsor revenues will be assessed for the 2020, 2019 and 2018 fiscal years and that the income requirement for the 2020 tax year will be lowered since many sponsors have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Low Income Cut-Off (LICO)

    Size of Family Unit Minimum 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

    MNI for Family Sponsorship in Quebec

    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.

    Amounts are in effect from January 1 to December 31, 2021.

    Size of Family Unit Basic annual income required
    1 person $24,602
    2 persons $33,209
    3 persons $41,001
    4 persons $47,156
    5 persons $52,482
    More than 5 persons, for each additional person add $5,326

    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 $8,515
      2 $13,496
    The gross annual income required increases by $4,500 for each additional person under 18 years of age.
    Number of persons 18 years of age or over Number of persons under 18 years Gross annual income required of the sponsor
    1   $17,994
    1 1 $24,177
    1 2 $27,300
    The gross annual income required increases by $3,121 for each additional person under 18 years of age.
    Number of persons 18 years of age or over Number of persons under 18 years Gross annual income required of the sponsor
    2   $26,388
    2 1 $29,560
    2 2 $31,912
    The gross annual income required increases by $2,342 for each additional person under 18 years of age and by $8,389 for each additional person 18 years of age or over.

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