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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 and may eventually be able to apply for Canadian Citizenship 
In 2021, IRCC will open a new intake period and a total of 30,000 new applications will be accepted.
To be eligible the Parents and Grandparents Program, sponsors must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or a registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act. 
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be residing in Canada (potential applicants will need to provide a proof of status during the Interest to Sponsor phase)
  • Exceed the minimum necessary income level for this program (if married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both the sponsor and spouse can be included) and provide proof of income to IRCC; and
  • Sign an undertaking
    • to financially support the sponsored for 20 years (starting when they become permanent residents); and
    • 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.
You must exceed the Minimum Necessary Income requirement set by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for each of the past 3 taxation years before the date that you submit your application. The Minimum Necessary Income requirement is different for sponsors living in Quebec. Your MNI is assessed based on your Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment.
The following table shows Minimum Necessary Income requirements if you live outside of Quebec. 
If IRCC announces that it will accept 2021 PGP intake applications in 2021, then the MNI table below will also apply to you if you live outside of Quebec:

Size of Family Unit MNI
2 persons $32,899 $41,007 $40,379
3 persons $40,445 $50,414 $49,641
4 persons $49,106 $61,209 $60,271
5 persons $55,695 $69,423 $68,358
6 persons $62,814 $78, 296 $77,095       
7 persons $69,935 $87,172    $85,835
Each additional person   $7,121 $8,876  $8,740

 Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents have another option to bring a parent or grandparent to Canada.
The Super Visa Program allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada as long-term visitors on a multi-entry visa that remains valid for up to 10 years. Unlike standard visitor visas, a Super Visa allows visa holders to stay in Canada for up to two years on initial entry to Canada.
To be eligible for the Super Visa program, parents and grandparents must meet standard visitor visa requirements. In addition, they must:

  • Provide a written commitment of financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada
  • Show that the sponsor in Canada meets minimum income requirements
  • Prove they have purchased Canadian health insurance for at least one year; and
  • Complete an immigration medical examination.

Depending on their nationality, parents/grandparents may require a Temporary Resident Visa in addition to the Super Visa.
If you would like to know more about Canada’s Parent and Grand Parent Sponsorship Visa option, you may email us: [email protected] 



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