Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents Program will re-open in the next few weeks according to the news release of July 20, 2021. Potential sponsors will be selected by means of a lottery again. However, the good news is that you don’t need to register again. If you registered for the program between October and November last year, your registration will still be valid and you don’t need to do anything extra. Last year only 10,000 candidates were invited to apply. This year, however, the system will randomly select 30,000 candidates from the last year’s pool.
The draw is scheduled for September 2021, whereas invitations will be sent out in the course of two weeks between September 20 and October 4, 2021. We strongly encourage you, therefore, to make sure that the information you submitted on-line last fall remains up to date and your contact details have not changed. You can check your email and check your status online using your 2020 confirmation number. Additionally, you will be able to use the “Lost My Confirmation Number tool”, which should be available online after the draw.
What if you are invited?
If you receive in invitation to apply, you will only have 60 days to submit your sponsorship application to the Case Processing Centre in Ottawa or via Permanent Resident Digital Intake tool. The latter allows applications to be submitted electronically. Make sure that you have all your documents handy in accordance with the Immigration Department’s checklist, including the following documents:
- Sponsor’s PR card (both sides) or proof of Canadian Citizenship, Passport or Citizenship Certificate
- Sponsor’s birth certificate
- Sponsor’s proof of income
- Applicant’s passports
- Applicant’s notarized and translated copies of marriage, divorce (if applicable), change of name (if applicable), and birth certificates
- Police clearance certificates were not required at the time of application last year
The Government of Canada requires a signed undertaking from potential sponsors. The undertaking sets out how long the sponsor will be financially responsible for the family members they are sponsoring. The length of the undertaking for parents and grandparents is 20 years. To be successful in your sponsorship application, you will have to prove that you meet minimum income requirements for tax years 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Income required for the 3 taxation years:
2020 2019 2018
2 people $32,899 $41,007 $40,379
3 people $40,445 $50,414 $49,641
4 people $49,106 $61,209 $60,271
5 people $55,695 $69,423 $68,358
6 people $62,814 $78,296 $77,095
7 people $69,935 $87,172 $85,835
Please note that for the 2020 tax year, you are allowed regular Employment Insurance benefits and temporary COVID-19 benefits, such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, to be included in your income calculations.
If you need more information about the sponsorship program, please contact our office.