Do I need high income to sponsor my spouse to Canada?

Canada allows permanent residents and Canadian citizens to sponsor their family members, including spouses, to come to Canada to live and work as permanent residents. When sponsoring a spouse or family member to come to Canada, you are responsible for their financial needs and support when they come to Canada. Spousal Sponsorship

How much money do I need to sponsor my spouse?

While the government of Canada imposes strict income requirements on sponsors, these requirements do not apply to people who are sponsoring their spouses. However, you as a sponsor must be able to demonstrate that you have a financial ability to sponsor your spouse and provide for their needs financially.

While there is no set income, the line is not actually clear as to what is sufficient for the government. To give you an idea, consider the necessary level of income Statistics Canada has determined is needed for families to survive in Canada:

1 Person: $22,229
2 People: $27,674
3 people: $34,022
4 People: $41,407

You must demonstrate that you can take care of your spouse financially, and prove this to the Government. You may need tax receipts, notices of assessments from the Canadian government and other documents to prove your financial situation is stable enough to sponsor your spouse.

If you are still concerned you may not meet the minimum necessary income to sponsor your spouse to Canada, speak with an immigration lawyer. We have the experience and knowledge of how to work spousal sponsorship cases, and can give you a good idea of what is needed to sponsor your spouse to come to Canada. You can contact us anytime using the form on the right or give us a call! We can’t wait to hear from you.

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