IRCC is all set to re-open the PGP program in October. It will start accepting interest to sponsor forms for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) between 12:00 PM EDT on October 13, 2020, and 12:00 PM EDT on November 3, 2020.
IRCC has capped the intake to 20,000 applications for the current year and 30,000 applications for 2021.
Among other things, IRCC has revised the minimum income requirement for sponsoring under this program. Candidates will be required to show just the minimum necessary income. The minimum required income requirement + 30% has been done away temporarily under a new temporary public policy. The change aims to take into account the economic hardships faced by applicants due to the current pandemic.
The PGP program was set to open earlier in the year but got delayed due to the virus outbreak.
How will the 2020 PGP intake process work?
Step 1: Potential sponsors indicate their interest using the interest to sponsor form available on the government website between 12:00 PM EDT on October 13, 2020, and 12:00 PM EDT on November 3, 2020.
Step 2: IRCC will then send invitations to apply to potential sponsors
Step 3: Potential sponsors will submit their applications within 60 days
Who is eligible to sponsor a family through PGP?
You are eligible if:
You live in Canada;
You are at least 18 years old ;
You are a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
You have enough money to support the sponsored persons
More details on the government's webpage
Eligibility criteria differ for Quebec province.
For the rest of Canada, the applicants have to provide an undertaking of twenty years while in Quebec, the period is ten years. The applicant must provide for the sponsored family member's basic needs for the duration of the undertaking.
Who can you sponsor under Canada's PGP program?
Biological and adopted Parents and Grandparents
Brothers, Sisters and half-siblings under the age of 22