Low Income Cutoff Figures: 1997/98

CIC News
Published: April 1, 1997

The following figures indicate the amounts of income required for sponsors submitting applications for members of the family class.

Size of Area of Residence

Size of Family Unit
500,000+ 100,000- 499,000 30,000- 99,000 Less than 30,000 Rural Areas
1 person $17,132 $14,694 $14,591 $13,577 $11,839
2 persons $21,414 $18,637 $18,239 $16,971 $14,799
3 persons $26,633 $22,844 $22,684 $21,107 $18,406
4 persons $32,238 $27,651 $27,459 $25,551 $22,279
5 persons $36,036 $30,910 $30,695 $28,562 $24,905
6 persons $39,835 $34,168 $33,930 $31,571 $27,530
7 persons $43,634 $37,427 $37,166 $34,581 $30,156
Each additional $3,799 $3,259 $3,236 $3,010 $2,626

1) Deduct the following from the total family income:

a) Workmen's compensation board payments, except for permanent disabilities;

b) Payments from provincial or municipal sources for welfare assistance;

c) Payments from federal, provincial or municipal sources for employment training, or for any social or welfare benefits which are not of a fixed and continuing nature.

2) Deduct all debts from the total family income.

3) The resulting amount must exceed the low income cut-off.

In most cases of spousal sponsorship, although such figures are examined, the assessment of all available means to the sponsor are assessed. As a result, it is typically the case that spousal sponsorship applications are not as strictly determined on the basis of these.

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