How do I calculate my family size to sponsor my parents and grandparents?
You, the sponsor (and your co-signer, if this applies), must prove you have enough income to support all the people you’ll be financially responsible for once you become a sponsor. We call this your “family size.”
You must meet income requirements for each of the three tax years before you apply.
To calculate your family size, include:
- your spouse or common-law partner (who could also be your co-signer)
- if your spouse or common-law partner is co-signing, include them in all 3 years
- if they are not co-signing, only include them starting the year they met the definition of a spouse or common-law partner
- your dependent children (and the dependent children of your spouse or partner above)
- any other person you (and your co-signer, if this applies) may have sponsored in the past, for whom you’re still financially responsible
- the parents and grandparents you want to sponsor and their dependants (spouse, partner and dependent children, if this applies). You must also include
- any dependent children who won’t come to Canada with your parents or grandparents
- your parent or grandparent’s spouse or partner, even if they won’t come to Canada
- your parent or grandparents’ separated spouse
Here are examples to help you calculate your family size.
Julie is sponsoring her mother and stepfather. Julie’s husband, David, will help her meet the income requirement by co-signing the application. Julie and David have 2 young children, aged 5 and 7. Julie’s stepfather has a 15 year old daughter, Dahlia. Dahlia won’t immigrate to Canada with her father.
Julie’s family size is 7:
- her husband, David
- her 2 children
- her mother and stepfather
- her stepfather’s daughter, Dahlia
- because Dahlia qualifies as a dependent child, she’s included in the family size, even if she’s not immigrating to Canada
Before Julie submits her interest to sponsor form, Julie and her husband must:
- check the income table to see what the income requirements are for 7 persons
- check their tax information from the last 3 years and make sure that, together, they meet the minimum income requirements for each of the last 3 years
Juan and Lise had a baby in 2019. Juan wants to sponsor his mother. Lise won’t co-sign the application. Juan’s mother doesn’t have a spouse, partner or any dependent children.
For 2019 and 2020, Juan’s family size is 4:
- his partner, Lise
- his baby
- his mother
For 2019 and 2020, Juan must check if he meets the income requirement for 4 persons.
For 2018, Juan’s family size was 3:
- Because Juan’s baby wasn’t born yet, the baby is not included for that year.
For 2018, Juan must check if he meets the income requirements for 3 persons.
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