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Verifying your eligibility to sponsor a child you wish to adopt

To sponsor a child you wish to adopt, you must meet the following conditions.

Authorization by the Secrétariat aux services internationaux à l’enfant

You must have obtained the agreement of the Secrétariat aux services internationaux à l’enfant (SASIE) This hyperlink will open in a new window. to adopt the child.

If SASIE gives its agreement, it will send a letter of non-opposition to the Ministère de l’immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (Ministry). You will receive an invitation from the Ministry to submit an undertaking application for the child you want to adopt.

If you submit an undertaking application to sponsor a child to be adopted without having received an invitation from the Ministry to do so, your application will be returned to you.

Confirmation from the Government of Canada of your eligibility as a guarantor

You must first have submitted a sponsorship application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) This hyperlink will open in a new window., and have received a letter or an email from the IRCC indicating that you are eligible to sponsor a person.

Citizenship or permanent residence

You must have Canadian citizenship or permanent residence.

Place of residence

You must live in Québec.


You must be at least 18 years of age.

Financial obligations

If you have already made a sponsorship undertaking or undertakings, you must demonstrate that:

  • You have honoured your financial obligations;
  • If applicable, you have repaid to the Gouvernement du Québec or another province any sum that was disbursed to this person as last resort financial assistance (social assistance).  

Last resort financial assistance (social assistance)

You must not have received last resort financial assistance, except if this assistance is given to you due to your age or disability, which creates barriers to your employment that are severe, permanent or for an indefinite term.


If you must pay support after an official judgment, you must have honoured your obligations over the past five years. Otherwise, you must have repaid any amount owed.

Offence against the person

You must not have been convicted, in Canada or abroad, of murder or an offence provided for in Schedule I or II of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act This hyperlink will open in a new window., particularly:

  • A sexual offence;
  • An attempt or threat to commit a sexual offence;
  • An offence causing bodily harm;
  • An attempt or threat of offence causing bodily harm.

If you have been convicted of any of these offences, you must have been acquitted as a last resort or rehabilitated or have finished serving your sentence at least five years before submitting your application.

Removal or detention measure

You must not be the object of a Government of Canada deportation measure or be detained in a penitentiary or a prison.


Contact the ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration

Last update: November 23, 2023


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