Citizenship and Immigration Canada understands that it is important to help reuniting families in Canada who come from other countries. So, if you are a citizen of Canada or a permanent resident of Canada then you can sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, dependent child including adopted child, or other relatives who are eligible, such as your parents or grandparents, and they can be permanent residents of Canada.
Immigrants who are eligible to avail the benefits of this family sponsoring process are termed as the Family Class by the CIC. After you or any of you family member becomes a permanent resident of Canada, he or she can live, study and work in Canada.
When you land as a permanent resident in Canada, you must make every possible effort to make sure that you meet your own essential needs and those of your family.
Before sponsoring a relative to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must remember that you are completely responsible to supporting your relative financially the moment he or she arrives in Canada. Being a sponsor, you must make sure that your spouse or niece does not seek any sort of financial help from the government of Canada.
The whole process of sponsoring your family members or any relative begins when you, as a permanent resident in Canada, apply to be a sponsor.
For sponsoring your family, there are two different processes depending upon the person you are willing to sponsor. The first process is used when you are sponsoring your spouse, conjugal or common-law partner and any dependent children of yours, and the second process is used to sponsor other eligible relatives of yours.