Requirements for the Sponsor:
  • The sponsor must be 18 years of age;
  • The sponsor must be a Canadian permanent resident living in Canada or a Canadian citizen; and
  • The sponsor cannot be in prison, bankrupt, under a removal order (if a permanent resident) or charged with a serious offence.

Requirements for the Sponsor:

  • The sponsor must be 18 years of age;
  • The sponsor must be a Canadian permanent resident living in Canada or a Canadian citizen; and
  • The sponsor cannot be in prison, bankrupt, under a removal order (if a permanent resident) or charged with a serious offence.

Requirements for the Sponsored Person:

  • The sponsored person must be in one of the following situations of dependency:
    • Less than 19 years of age and not a spouse or common-law partner; or
    • Has been an ongoing full-time student since before the age of 19 and has depended substantially on the financial support of the parent since that time; or
    • Is 19 years of age or older and meets the following:
      • Became a spouse or partner before the age of 19;
      • Has been an ongoing full-time student since before the age of 19; and
      • Has depended substantially on the financial support of the parent since they became a spouse or partner; or
  • Is 19 years of age or older and has depended substantially on the financial support of the parent since before the age of 19 and is unable to be financially self-supporting due to a physical or mental condition.

Requirements for nature of the relationship:

  • The Sponsored Person must be either:
    • The biological child of the parent if the child has not been adopted by a person other than the spouse or common law partner; or
    • The adopted child of the parent.

Note: The government of Canada has outlined a plan to increase the maximum age of dependent children that may be sponsored to less than 22 years of age. This page will be updated when further news is announced.