This is the group of people admitted to Canada as permanent residents, by virtue of their relationship with and sponsorship by a Canadian citizen/ permanent resident. Generally, wife, dependant children, parents, grandparents and vice-versa can be sponsored under the family class. Children, adopted from abroad are also included in this category. This group is not required to demonstrate the capacity of economic establishment, as their sponsors are responsible for providing for these requirements.
Usually the sponsor is required to demonstrate economic capability, before the sponsorship can be approved. Also, the sponsor signs an undertaking to support the sponsored family members for 3-10 years and help them settle in Canada.