Evidence of the family’s ability to provide that financial support must be submitted with the application. The ability to support visiting parents or grandparents is based on a minimum necessary income (known as the low income cut-off, or LICO). The chart below is also used to determine an individual’s ability to sponsor family members through the Family Class. The minimum necessary income is updated each year on January 1.
Size of Family Unit Minimum necessary income
1 person (the sponsor) $22,637, 2 persons $28,182, 3 persons $34,646, 4 persons $42,065, 5 persons $47,710, 6 persons $53,808, 7 persons $59,907 More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add $6,099.
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