In order to bring families together, the Government of Canada announces today, October 5, the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). Canadians and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada will have an opportunity to submit an interest to sponsor form online between October 13, 2020 and November 3, 2020. 

According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), in order to ensure a fair, transparent and equal opportunity for applicants, Immigration, the Government will randomly select potential sponsors and send them an invitation to submit an application. Selected applicants will have 60 days to submit their application. A maximum of 10,000 applications will be accepted for processing as part of the 2020 PGP intake. 

The announcement also introduces a temporary public policy that will reduce the income requirement for the 2020 tax year to the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum necessary income plus 30% since many sponsors may have been financially impacted by the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

People with disabilities who are unable to use the online form can request the interest to sponsor form in an alternative format (paper copy, Braille or large print) by contacting the IRCC Client Support Centre at 1-888-242-2100 or by email until November 3, 2020.

In 2021, IRCC will open a new intake of interest to sponsor forms to accept a total of 30,000 new applications. 

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