Prerequisites for sponsorship
You must satisfy all of the following requirements, in addition to any specific
requirements that apply.
- You must have fulfilled all previous commitments. If the Ministère
de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MESS) determines that
you have defaulted, you must have repaid all of the amounts paid as financial
assistance of last resort (social assistance) or special allowances to the
person you sponsored.
- You must not receive financial assistance of last resort (social assistance)
except allowances related to your age or a disability that
poses obstacles to employment that are serious, permanent or of indefinite
- Over the past five years, you must have complied with obligations arising
from a judgment ordering you to pay alimony. If not, you must have repaid
all outstanding amounts.
- You must not have been convicted, in Canada or abroad, of a sexual
offence, attempt or threat to commit such an offence against anyone or an
offence resulting in personal injuries, or an attempt or threat to commit
such an offence against a family member or relative, your spouse, common-law
spouse or conjugal partner or a member of their family or relative unless you were acquitted or rehabilitated or finished serving your sentence at
least five years before submitting your application.
- If you sponsor your father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, a dependent
child who has a child or a close relative who is a minor and an orphan, you
must prove that you have at your disposal sufficient financial resources for
the duration of the undertaking (see
- You must not be subject to a removal order or detained in a penitentiary
- You may not sponsor a spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner who
is under 16 years of age.
- You must ensure that the sponsored person, if he or she is of legal age,
signs the declaration attesting that he or she fully understands the nature
and scope of the undertaking.