Canada’s Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) accepted up to 30,000 additional applications through late September and early October of 2021, giving more Canadian citizens and permanent residents the opportunity to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence in Canada.

The 2021 PGP intake will also include 10,000 applications from the 2020 intake process, meaning Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) expects to receive up to 40,000 PGP applications this year alone.

When will IRCC invite more PGP sponsors to apply?

The Government of Canada has not yet provided details on how the 2022 PGP process may function. With 23,500 parents and grandparents set to be admitted in each of 2022 and 2023, we can expect around 20,000 invitations, or slightly more, to be issued at some point in 2022. This page will be updated when new information is available.

How long do invited PGP sponsors have to submit their application?

Invited sponsors will have 60 days to submit their PGP sponsorship application to IRCC.

How do potential PGP sponsors become eligible for invitation?

The 2021 Parent and Grandparent Program utilised the same random invitation system, or lottery, that has been in place over recent years. Potential sponsors first completed an ‘interest to sponsor’ form. The steps to apply to sponsor parents and grandparents for Canadian permanent residence were a bit different for the 2021 process. Potential sponsors were randomly selected and invited from the remaining pool of interest to sponsor forms submitted in 2020. IRCC then sent enough invitations to apply to reach its application intake targets.

PGP candidates can check if they were invited using this page.

Invited sponsors will be able to use IRCC’s new Permanent Resident Digital Intake tool, which allows applications to be submitted electronically. This is part of IRCC’s commitment to modernize Canada’s immigration system, speeding up and simplifying the application process.

PGP income requirement reduced due to pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has placed a heavy strain on many families’ incomes and economic prospects, and that is true for Canada as it is for any other country.

Given that many potential sponsors may have been financially impacted by the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic, IRCC is extending a temporary public policy that will reduce the income requirement for the 2020 tax year to the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum necessary income plus 30 percent.

Source: IRCC

Overview: Canada’s Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP)

Canada’s Family Class immigration category allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s) through the Parent and Grandparent Program, or PGP.

Sponsored parents and grandparents become permanent residents of Canada, with all the benefits that come with it. This includes the right to live and work in Canada without restriction on location, time, or sector, as well as access to publicly-funded health care and other services. Ultimately, sponsored parents and grandparents may become Canadian citizens.

Under the government of Canada’s multi-year immigration plan, around 21,000 new permanent residents are to be admitted annually as permanent residents through the PGP.

Parent and Grandparent Program eligibility

To be eligible for the Parent and Grandparent Program, both the sponsor and the person(s) being sponsored must have met certain eligibility requirements.

Sponsors must:

  • be either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • meet certain income requirements (see below); and
  • support the sponsored person(s) and their dependants financially.

The sponsor and the sponsored person(s) must sign a sponsorship agreement that:

  • commits the sponsor to provide financial support the sponsored person(s) and any other eligible relatives accompanying them for a period of three to 20 years, depending on their age and relationship to the sponsor, beginning on the date they become a permanent resident; and
  • states that the persons becoming permanent residents will make every effort to support themselves.

The province of Quebec has additional requirements for the Parent and Grandparent Program. Residents of Quebec must sign an ‘undertaking’ with the province of Quebec. This is a contract that binds the sponsorship. Sponsors in Quebec must also meet Quebec’s sponsorship requirements after being approved as a sponsor by IRCC.

Prepare everything you need to fill out the interest to sponsor form

Before you start:

  • get all the information you need to fill out the interest to sponsor form
  • make an electronic copy of your passport or proof of status in Canada

You (the person who wants to sponsor their parents and grandparents), must enter:

  • your family name(s) (also known as last name or surname) and your given name(s) (also known as first name and middle name)
    • Write your name exactly as it is written on the passport or proof of status in Canada document you submit.
  • your date of birth
  • the country or territory where you were born
  • your main home address (where you live)
    • You must live in Canada to sponsor.
    • Make sure you fill out all the fields including your complete address.
    • Include your street number, street name, apartment or unit number (if this applies), P.O. Box (if this applies), your province or territory, and postal code.
    • For the street number and address, include the street type (street, boulevard, avenue, etc.). For example, follow this format: 123 John St. or 123 John Ave. or 123 John Pl.
  • your email address that you want us to use to contact you
  • the number of people in your immediate family (you, your spouse or partner and  dependent children)
  • the total number of people you already sponsored and are still financially responsible for
  • the total number of people you want to sponsor, including their dependants (spouse or partner, and children)
  • names and dates of birth for the parents or grandparents you want to sponsor
    • You won’t need to include this information for their dependent children, or a spouse/partner that won’t come to Canada with them.
  • your passport or proof of status in Canada document number
    • Find out where to find that number.
    • You should enter the number of the same document you’ll submit with your application if you’re invited to apply. If the document number doesn’t match, we’ll return your application.
  • your electronic signature (you must type in your name)

More details on preparing your PGP application are available here.

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Super Visa

Potential sponsors may be unable or unwilling to submit an application under the Parent and Grandparent Program. This may be because they were not invited to apply, or want to bring their parent(s) or grandparent(s) to Canada sooner.

Fortunately, there is another way. IRCC allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to enjoy extended visits to Canada under the Super Visa program. With a Super Visa, a person may be approved to remain in Canada for up to two years upon initial entry to Canada. The visa itself is valid for up to 10 years, so holders may return to Canada for as long as the visa remains valid.

The Super Visa is not a permanent residence program. Applicants need to obtain private medical insurance and may not work in Canada unless otherwise authorised to do so. However, the relatively quick processing times mean that families may be reunited in Canada sooner than under the Parent and Grandparent Program. Moreover, applicants do not have to be invited to apply; if eligible, they may submit an application at any time and be approved to come to Canada.

Get your questions answered by an expert

Sponsoring parents or grandparents for immigration to Canada can be a complex process. A consultation with an experienced regulated immigration consultant can help.

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