Who you can sponsor for Canadian immigration

Here is an overview of how you can sponsor relatives such as your brother, sister, or other family members to immigrate to Canada.

Canada welcomes over 100,000 family class immigrants per year.

It is well known that most of these immigrants arrive through the Spouse,Partners, and Children category while a smaller share arrive under the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).

The rules surrounding sponsoring other family members are less well known. However, it is important to remember that Immigration,Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) does allow you to sponsor other family members in very specific situations.

Those 18 and older who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and persons registered under Canada’s Indian Act are eligible to sponsor their family to obtain Canadian permanent residence.

Most sponsor their spouse, partner, or parents or grandparents. There are two other options for who you can sponsor.