Can I be a sponsor for a member of my family?

3. Learn about other rules dealing with your financial situation

There are other rules about who cannot be a sponsor because of their financial situation.

Getting social assistance

You cannot be a sponsor if you're getting social assistance, unless it's because you have a disability. This means that you can get income support from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and still be a sponsor.

You will not qualify to be a sponsor if you get financial assistance from Ontario Works (OW). But your can ask Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or the Immigration Appeal Division to approve their application for permanent residence based on .

This is difficult to do and is rarely approved. So, if you think there are strong reasons why IRCC should make an exception for your situation, try to get legal help.

Debts and financial responsibilities

You cannot be a sponsor if any of the following apply to you:

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