Minimum Necessary Income for Parent Sponsorship 2021
To sponsor Parents and Grandparents in 2021, sponsors MUST meet or exceed the Minimum Necessary Income Level (MNI)
This requirement is to ensure sponsors are able to financially support the family members they wish to sponsor and bring to Canada.
The minimum necessary income required varies, depending on the number of family members you support in Canada, the number of family members you wish to sponsor, and where you live (Quebec or the other Canadian provinces).
For all Provinces except Quebec:
To be eligible to Sponsor your Parents or Grandparents, you MUST exceed the MNI for each of the last 3 years. Your income in 2020, 2019 and 2018 must exceed the corresponding MNI for those years. Each income year must be matched with the MNI year.
The MNI is calculated as the LICO (Lower Income Cut-off) PLUS 30%. (a temporary public policy was introduced for the 2020 tax year only, the MNI for 2020 is just LICO, and not grossed up by 30%)
Quebec MNI used for applying in 2021:
Sponsors living in Quebec must meet a different set of MNI requirements. In order to be eligible to sponsor, you must have income in the previous 12 months greater than the required income calculated by the tables below.
Minimum Necessary Income tables for 2020:
PLUS the table below for the appropriate number of family members you wish to sponsor
Contact us for more information about the Family Sponsorship application process or for assistance in preparing an application