top of page

Parents and Grandparents Program - Overview and Eligibility Criteria

Parents and Grandparents Program
Parents and Grandparents Program (photo credits:

The Canadian immigration system values family reunification, and the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is a testament to this commitment. To sponsor one's parents or grandparents for Canadian permanent residency under the PGP, potential sponsors must meet specific eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria for Sponsoring Parents and Grandparents in Canada*

Firstly, sponsors must be at least 18 years old and reside in Canada. They must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or registered as Indians under the Canadian Indian Act. This ensures that sponsors have a stable status in the country and are capable of supporting the family members they wish to bring to Canada.

Another critical requirement is that sponsors must have received an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Without this invitation, one cannot proceed with the application process. The ITA is part of a random selection process that aims to ensure fairness and transparency in the allocation of sponsorship opportunities.

Financial stability is also a crucial factor. Sponsors must demonstrate the financial ability to support their sponsored family members. This involves meeting or exceeding the minimum necessary income level, which is assessed based on the sponsor's tax returns for the three consecutive years prior to the application. The income requirement is set to ensure that the sponsored relatives will not need to rely on social assistance after arriving in Canada.

The process of sponsoring parents and grandparents involves a commitment to provide financial support for a period, typically 20 years, starting from when the sponsored family member becomes a permanent resident. This undertaking ensures that the newcomers have the necessary support as they integrate into Canadian society.

For those who may not meet the criteria for the PGP or were not selected in the random draw, the super visa remains an alternative option. It allows parents and grandparents to stay in Canada for up to five years at a time and is valid for up to 10 years.

The PGP is a competitive and sought-after program, reflecting the desire of many Canadians to reunite with their parents and grandparents. By adhering to the eligibility criteria, applicants can ensure a smooth process towards achieving this goal. For more detailed information, the official IRCC website and authorized immigration consultants can provide guidance and assistance throughout the application process.

*The eligibility criteria may change from time to time, therefore, refer to IRCC's official site for the latest updates


bottom of page