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Verifying your eligibility to sponsor your brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild

If you wish to sponsor your brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild, you must meet all the following conditions.

Have received a confirmation from the Government of Canada of your eligibility as a guarantor

You must have submitted a sponsorship application in advance to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) This hyperlink will open in a new window. and have been invited to continue your steps with the Gouvernement du Québec.

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.

Member of your family

You must sponsor a member of your family who is eligible.

Psychosocial assessment

You must demonstrate that you are able to take care of the child you wish to sponsor by undergoing psychosocial assessment.

Demonstrating your financial capacity

You must demonstrate you have enough income to meet the needs of the person you sponsor and that person's family members.

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.

Psychosocial assessment

You must demonstrate that you are able to look after your minor family member you wish to sponsor.

After establishing that you have the required financial capacity, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) sends your application to the Youth Centre in your region for you to undergo a psychosocial assessment.

You must pay fees of $1200 for the assessment.

With your consent, the results of your psychosocial assessment will be sent to the MIFI to finalize the analysis of your case.

You may also choose to undertake your own psychosocial assessment approach with the Youth Centre. You must return your psychosocial assessment report to the MFI to finalize the processing of your case.


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Last update: April 20, 2022


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