Parents and Grandparents sponsorship in 2024

Canadian citizens and permanent residents are able to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada. Parents and grandparents approved under this program receive Canadian permanent residence. The parent and grandparent sponsorship program is done through a lottery system. Every year the allotted number of applicants are drawn from a lottery. 

The 2023 Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship program is closed. IRCC has invited 24,200 potential sponsors to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents; with the goal of receiving 15,000 complete applications. IRCC only considered candidates who submitted an Interest to Sponsor Form in 2020.

Requirements to sponsor you parents or grandparents

To be eligible for the Parents and Grandparents Program, sponsors must:

  • Have completed an Interest to Sponsor Form 
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be residing in Canada
  • Exceed the minimum necessary income level for this program 
  • Promise to financially support the sponsored for 20 years (starting when they become permanent residents)
  • Promise to repay any social assistance benefits paid to the sponsored family members (if applicable) for a period of 20 years
  • If the sponsor resides in Quebec, an additional “undertaking” must be signed with the province of Quebec
  • Applicants to the PGP will have to prove that they meet the minimum income requirements by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their application

Required Income

How much money you need to sponsor your parents in Canada — Income required for the 3 tax years right before the day you apply (sponsors applying in 2022)

Total number of people you’ll be responsible for202220212020
2 people$43,082$32,898$32,270
3 people$52,965$40,444$39,672
4 people$64,306$49,106$48,167
5 people$72,935$55,694$54,630
6 people$82,259$62,814$61,613
7 people$91,582$69,934$68,598

Frequently Asked Questions

When will Immigration open the 2024 Parent Sponsorship program?

The Parent and Grandparent sponsorship program (PGP) for 2024 has not yet been announced. The program is expected to have 34,000 potential open slots based on 2022 projections. In 2023 the draw took place in October. In preceding years, the draw took place in the first months of the year.

How long does it take to sponsor my parent in Canada?

Parent sponsorship applications take approximately 24-36 months to process from start to finish. They are typically not processed much faster than 24 months, but can take longer, depending on the nature of your case.

When will Immigration open the 2023 Parent Sponsorship program?

The PGP 2023 application intake has ended. IRCC has invited 24,200 potential sponsors to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents; with the goal of receiving 15,000 complete applications. For the 2023 edition of the PGP, IRCC only considered candidates who submitted an interest to sponsor form on its website between noon ET on October 13, 2020 and noon ET on November 3, 2020. The latest plan detailing immigration levels for 2023-2025 indicates that Canada is aiming to issue permanent residence for over 28,000 parents and grandparents in each of the next three years. The exact number for the targets for Parents and Grandparents sponsorships are 28,500 for 2023, 34,000 for 2024, and 36,000 for 2025. These are larger numbers than in previous years.

Can my parents stay in Canada while waiting for the processing of the sponsorship?

Your parents can stay in Canada on a regular visitor visa or a super-visa during the processing of the application. The regular visa typically allows for a stay of six months while a Super-visa can allow a stay for one or two years. The visitor status can be extended in Canada before the expiry to provide maintained or implied status until a decision is rendered.

What are Common Grounds for Refusal of a Sponsorship Application?

Some common reasons for return of a Parent and Grandparent sponsorship application as incomplete or wholesale refusal are:
• Failure to provide updated forms or fees.
• Errors in information submitted.
• Failure to provide supporting documentation and/or evidence.
• Failure to meet the financial requirements to sponsor parent.

Can sponsored parents work in Canada?

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.

What counts as income for sponsoring my parents and grandparents?

Income to be eligible to sponsor parents and/or grandparents is the total income on line 15000 of your Notice of Assessment (NOA) from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Subtract any income that must be excluded:
• provincial or territorial allowances for an instruction or training program (such as taxable scholarships, bursaries, or fellowships if included on line 13000 of the NOA)
• social assistance from a province or territory
• payments from the Government of Canada under a resettlement assistance program
• regular Employment Insurance earnings (except for the 2020 and 2021 tax years)
• Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement payments

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