With the incoming Liberal government of Canada promising to double the number of applications in the Parent & Grandparent Sponsorship Program (the “PGSP“) there will likely be renewed interest in the program.
Under the PGSP, Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their foreign national parents and grandparents. Sponsors must sign an undertaking with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (“CIC“) or with the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion for those in Quebec. The undertaking ensures that the sponsored individuals and their family members do not have to apply for social assistance. The length of undertaking in the PGSP is 20 years.
As per the CIC website, sponsors must:
- be 18 years of age or older;
- be a Canadian citizen, Registered Indian or permanent resident;
- be sponsoring their parents or grandparents;
- live in Canada;
- sign an undertaking promising to provide for the basic requirements of the person being sponsored;
- sign an agreement with the person theyare sponsoring; and
- prove that they have sufficient income. Co-signers are permissible.
In 2015, the minimum income requirements were.
Federal Income Table for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship
Size of Family Unit
If more than 7 persons, for each additional person, add
Excluded from these amounts include, amongst other things, any amounts paid to the sponsor under the Employment Insurance Act, other than special benefits.
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident cannot be a sponsor if they:
- are in receipt of social assistance for a reason other than disability;