Financial capacity for a legal person

You must show that you have the annual amount necessary to meet the basic needs of the person you are sponsoring, their accompanying family members, and their non-accompanying family members. 

General notice

It is strictly forbidden to:

  • To submit undertaking applications on behalf of another person;
  • Profit by receiving, directly or indirectly, a sum of money or any other form of financial compensation from the sponsored refugee, their family members, relatives, or any third party in exchange for submitting the undertaking application;
  • Provide for the basic needs of the sponsored person and their family members by receiving directly or indirectly a sum of money, in the form of a deposit or otherwise, from the sponsored refugee, their family members, relatives or a third party.

Calculate the amounts you need

When submitting your application, you must show that:

  • You have the annual amount necessary to meet the basic needs of the person you are sponsoring, their accompanying family members, and their non-accompanying family members (see tables below);
  • And that if you are linked to an existing undertaking that is still in effect, you have the amount needed to support the people covered by the current undertaking.

The income and amounts required are set by regulations and adjusted on January 1 of each year.  They vary depending on the number and age of the person you sponsor and his or her family members.  

The tables below show the amounts in effect from January 1 to December 31, 2024.

Additional amount if you sponsor one or more persons under the age of 18
Number of people
18 or older:
Number of people under
18 years of age:
Amount of basic needs
for one year
 
01$7,541
12$11,312
Add $3,771 per additional person under 18 years of age.
Additional amount if one of the people you sponsor is 18 years of age or older
Number of people
18 or older:
Number of people under
18 years of age:
Amount of basic needs
for one year
10$15,078
11$20,265
12$22,874
Add $2,609 per additional person under 18 years of age.
Additional amount if at least 2 of the people you sponsor are 18 years of age or older
Number of people
18 or older:

Number of people under
18 years of age:

Amount of basic needs
for one year
20$22,115
21$24,773
22$26,737
Add $1,965 per person under 18 years of age and $7,031 per person 18 or older.

Eligible source of income

Your financial resources:

  • They may be from Canada or abroad, but in either case they must be available to meet the basic needs of the sponsored person from the beginning of the sponsorship until the end of it.
  • If held abroad, they must be taxed in Canada; the guarantor must demonstrate that these funds are transferable to Canada.

The income and asset analysis is based on data from the most recent fiscal years, which can be found in your financial statements and on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website. To do so, you must ensure that the period covered by your financial statements is the same as the period covered by your CRA returns.


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