A few weeks until 2019 Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship opens again


A few weeks until 2019 Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship opens again

The Canadian government announced they will be increasing the number of parent and grandparent sponsorship applications to 20,000 in 2019. Additionally, the program will no longer use a lottery system to select applicants. Instead, applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.


During 2017 and 2018, the Government of Canada said a randomized approach would level the playing field and give everyone the same opportunity to be selected to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents. The randomized selection process for applications for PGP was greatly criticized.

20,000 New Applications for 2019

To help reunite even more families through immigration, Canada will increase the quota for the parent and grandparent sponsorship program (PGP) to 20,000 in 2019. This number refers to the number of complete applications to be received in 2019 and marks a slight increase in the quota from this year.

In 2018, Canada accepted a total of 17,000 complete applications after increasing the quota in July. By increasing the quota, the government will be accepting four times as many applications than in 2014 when it was re-opened and the cap was 5,000 applications.


Under the new, first-come, first-served model, candidates will be invited to submit an application based on the order in which their interest to sponsor forms are received. The forms will be available to submit at the beginning of 2019.


“As a result of listening to stakeholders and closely examining the PGP Program, the government is making further changes to the application intake process that will streamline access to the program and improve client experience,” IRCC said.

Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, said the changes are evidence of the Government of Canada’s “commitment to helping families live, work and thrive together, in Canada.”

Who Is Eligible?

Both the sponsor and the person being sponsored must meet certain requirements to be eligible for this program. Sponsors must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are living in Canada at the time of application. As well, all sponsors must meet a minimum necessary income requirement, proving that they have enough funds to support the sponsored family members when they arrive in Canada.


You can sponsor your parents and grandparents if you at least 18 years old, living in Canada and:

  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Meet the minimum income requirements depending on your family size
  • Agree to sign an undertaking promising to provide financial support for basic requirements for three to twenty years (factors are determined)

All persons being sponsored through this program must be either the parents or the grandparents of the person sponsoring them. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements as determined by the government, so significant medical or criminal problems could render a person ineligible.

If a person is not eligible for PGP, they may be able to help their relatives travel to Canada more easily by applying for a super visa for parents and grandparents.