How to sponsor your parents and grandparents for Canadian immigration

Kareem El-Assal
Updated: Aug, 21, 2023
  • Published: October 17, 2020

Canadian citizens and permanent residents can now apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents for Canadian immigration.

The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) expression of interest window began on October 13 and will remain open until November 3.

The PGP enables sponsors to bring their parents and grandparents over to Canada. Parents and grandparents obtain Canadian permanent resident status.

After November 3rd, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will hold a lottery and invite up to 10,000 sponsors to submit their applications by early 2021.

Are you eligible for PGP 2020? Complete CanadaVisa's free eligibility tool!

Steps for the 2020 PGP

The first step is to submit an online sponsorship interest form. This will allow you to enter the pool of candidates who want to apply for PGP 2020.

From there it works like a lottery. IRCC will invite up to 10,000 people at random, and invite them to apply for parents and grandparents sponsorship. Invited candidates will need to pay their application fees to IRCC and submit their sponsorship applications within 60 days.

The current processing time for the PGP is 20 to 24 months, according to IRCC.

The steps are slightly different if you are applying in Quebec. If you are drawn from the lottery, you also need to submit your application to IRCC but in addition, you need to get a Quebec Selection Certificate from the Quebec government and then submit it to IRCC.

Are you eligible for PGP 2020? Complete CanadaVisa's free eligibility tool!

How can I submit my interest to sponsor form?

You must have a digital copy of your Canadian passport or of your proof of status in Canada (e.g., your PR card).

IRCC will then request information such as the number of people in your family, how many people you want to sponsor, and their personal information.

Once you submit your form, you will be provided with a confirmation number.

Read our PGP 2020 FAQs

Am I eligible for the Parents and Grandparents Program?

Generally speaking, you are eligible if you meet the criteria set out by IRCC. You have to be over the age of 18, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada, and you need to have earned the necessary income over the past three tax years to demonstrate that you can support your family members, financially.

Are you eligible for PGP 2020? Complete CanadaVisa's free eligibility tool!

You are not required to provide your proof of income during the expression of interest phase.

However, sponsors and their co-signers must provide their Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment (NOA) if they are invited by IRCC to submit an application.

IRCC has stated it expects to receive the 10,000 or so applications in early 2021, which means it will need to assess the incomes of sponsors based on the 2020, 2019, and 2018 tax years. Given that sponsors will not have received their 2020 NOAs by the time they submit their applications, IRCC will allow sponsors to submit their 2020 NOAs later in 2021.

You must meet the minimum income requirements outlined below if you live in any province or territory other than Quebec. Quebec has its own income requirements (listed below).

You need to include the following people when determining the number of people you are financially responsible for:

  • the sponsor;
  • the sponsor's spouse or common-law partner (they can be co-signers on your application);
  • the sponsor's dependent children;
  • the sponsor's spouse’s or partner’s dependent children;
  • any other person the sponsor may have previously sponsored and whom they are still financially responsible for;
  • the parents and grandparents their dependents that they want to sponsor (spouse or partner and dependent children);
  • any dependent children who will not come to Canada with their parents or grandparents;
  • the sponsor's parent or grandparent’s spouse or partner, even if they will not come to Canada;
  • the sponsor's parent or grandparent's separated spouse.

Parents and grandparents program 2020 minimum necessary income requirement

Read our PGP 2020 FAQs

If you live in Quebec, your income will be assessed by Quebec's immigration ministry. Sponsors and co-signers need to pass the financial capability requirements for the past 12 months, as shown below:

Parents and Grandparents Quebec

All sponsors across Canada need to submit a signed undertaking to IRCC and if you are in Quebec, to the provincial government as well. This is a legal declaration you will be financially responsible for your sponsored family members and they will not be able to claim social assistance. You will need to repay any claimed social assistance during the undertaking period.

The undertaking period is 20 years across Canada but 10 years if you reside in Quebec.

The 2020 PGP window closes on November 3rd. Up to 10,000 people will receive invitations from IRCC in a lottery draw at a later date. Even if you are not drawn, you have another chance during the 2021 PGP window. IRCC has said it will issue up to 30,000 invitations when it re-opens the window next year.

Are you eligible for PGP 2020? Complete our free eligibility tool!

© 2020 CIC News All Rights Reserved

Share this article
Share your voice
Did you find this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Did you find this article helpful?
Please provide a response
Thank you for your helpful feedback
Please contact us if you would like to share additional feedback, have a question, or would like Canadian immigration assistance.
  • Do you need Canadian immigration assistance? Contact the Contact Cohen Immigration Law firm by completing our form
  • Send us your feedback or your non-legal assistance questions by emailing us at
Related articles
I’m coming to Canada on a TRV. Can I bring my family with me?
A happy family of three relaxing in the lounge and being playful together
IRCC announces update to Parents and Grandparents Program 2023
Parents and grandparents
What do we know about the Parents and Grandparents Program 2023?
3 generation family
IRCC processing spousal TRVs in 30 days with a 90% approval rate
Couple reunites in an airport.
Top Stories
Supreme Court of Canada determines that a person can only be inadmissible to Canada if they are a threat to national security
Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, and New Brunswick invite candidates in latest provincial immigration results.
Express Entry’s Targeted Occupations: How Many Transport Workers Does Canada Really Need?
Join our free newsletter. Get Canada's top immigration stories delivered to your inbox.
More in Express Entry
Express Entry’s Targeted Occupations: How Many Transport Workers Does Canada Really Need?
Smiling chief standing in auto park and holding tablet. In background are trucks.
IRCC invites candidates in first ever category-based Express Entry draw for agriculture and agri-food occupations
Waterfall near Victoria on Vancouver Island.
Canada releases 2022 Annual Report on Express Entry
Children playing together in colourful natural park on autumn day
What counts as eligible work experience for immigration through Express Entry?
Business people having a meeting in a tech company
Link copied to clipboard