Family Sponsoring Program
– Sponsorship of parents and grandparents
- You (sponsor) must first fill out a short online form to let CIC know you’re interested in sponsoring. Then CIC will choose 10,000 entries at random and invite those people to apply to sponsor their parent or grandparent.
- Starting January 3, 2017 at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST), if you (sponsor) want to sponsor your parents or grandparents, you must start by completing an online form and submitting it to CIC.
- Sponsors will be chosen at random from among those who complete the online form.
- You (sponsor) have 30 days (from January 3, 2017, to February 2, 2017, at noon EST) to let CIC know you’re interested in applying to be a sponsor in the PGP.
- After you (sponsor) complete and submit the online form, you (sponsor) will be redirected to a confirmation page, where you (sponsor) will get a confirmation number.
- After the 30 days are over, CIC will then randomly choose 10,000 numbered entries.
- If your number is chosen, you (sponsor) will be contacted by email and invited to apply to sponsor your parents or grandparents. You will have 90 days from the date CIC contact you (sponsor) to send CIC your complete application.
- If your number is not chosen, CIC will contact you (sponsor) by email to let you know. You (sponsor) can complete the online form again in 2018 (for next year) if you wish.
Who may use this application?
Whom may I sponsor using this application package?
- parents, or
What does it mean to sponsor parents and grandparents?
The undertaking is a promise to provide financial support and basic requirements for the family members you are sponsoring.
Basic requirements are:
- personal requirements
- household supplies
- This also includes other health care not provided by public health, such as eye and dental care.
- The undertaking ensures that these persons and their family members do not have to apply for social assistance.
- The length of undertaking for sponsorship of parents, grandparents and their accompanying dependents is 20 years.
- Your obligations as a sponsor begin as soon as the person you are sponsoring and, if applicable, his or her family members arrive in Canada
- Important information: The undertaking is an unconditional promise of support. For example, the granting of Canadian citizenship, divorce, separation or relationship breakdown or moving to another province does not cancel the undertaking. The undertaking also remains in effect even if your financial situation deteriorates.
May I have a co-signer?
- meet the same eligibility requirements as the sponsor;
- agree to co-sign the undertaking;
- agree to be responsible for the basic requirements of the person you want to sponsor and his or her family members for the validity period of the undertaking.
The co-signer will be equally liable if obligations are not performed.
Note: Assets, potential earnings, or assistance from other family members will not be considered.
- be 18 years of age or older;
- be a Canadian citizen, Registered Indian or permanent resident;
- be sponsoring a member of the family Class;
- live in Canada;
- sign an undertaking promising to provide for the basic requirements of the person being sponsored;
- sign an agreement with the person you are sponsoring that confirms that each of you understands your mutual obligations and responsibilities;
- prove that you have sufficient income to provide the basic requirements for your family members in Canada as well as the persons included in your sponsorship undertaking. You may also have a co-signer.
- are in receipt of social assistance for a reason other than disability,
- are in default of an undertaking, an immigration loan, a performance bond, or family support payments,
- are an undischarged bankrupt,
- were convicted of an offence of a sexual nature, a violent criminal offence, an offence against a relative that results in bodily harm or an attempt or threat to commit any such offences—depending on circumstances such as the nature of the offence, how long ago it occurred and whether a pardon was issued,
- are under a removal order,
- are detained in a penitentiary, jail, reformatory or prison
You are not eligible to sponsor if you are in default of a previous undertaking.
If you are in default of…
A previous sponsorship undertakingRelatives you sponsored in the past received social assistance or welfare while the undertaking was valid.
An immigration loanYou received a transportation, assistance or Right of Permanent Residence Fee (previously called the Right of Landing Fee) loan and have missed payments or are in arrears.
Support payment obligationsYou were ordered by a court to make support payments to a spouse or child and have neglected to do so.
A performance bondYou agreed to pay money to guarantee that an immigrant would fulfil his or her obligations under immigration legislation.
Undertaking length for parents and grandparents sponsorship
When you sponsor a parent or a grandparent, the undertaking is valid for 20 years, and for all persons included in the sponsorship undertaking.
How to calculate the family size?
- your spouse or common-law partner and
- dependent children, if applicable.
Note: Children who meet the definition of a dependent child must be included in the calculation, even if you as a sponsor do not have custody nor provide child support.
- the number of persons you are now sponsoring and
- all dependent family members of that person, whether or not they are accompanying.
- Count the number of persons covered by other valid undertakings you have made or co-signed in the past.
- If you have a co-signer, count all persons covered by still valid undertakings made or co-signed by your co-signer.
- 5. Calculate the number of persons covered in steps 1 to 4. The total represents the family size.
- 6. Look at the Federal Income Table for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship if you have the financial ability to meet sponsorship requirements. Note that your calculations will only be an estimate.
Federal Income Table for sponsors of parents and grandparents
The following table applies to residents of all provinces except Quebec. For each of the three consecutive taxation years preceding the date on which the application is submitted to CIC, the sponsor (and co-signer, if applicable) must meet the Minimum Necessary Income, which is based on the Low Income Cut-offs plus 30%.
|Size of Family Unit||Minimum Income
|If more than 7 persons, for each additional person, add||$8,358||$8,271||$8,148|
Do I have to maintain a minimum income during the processing of the application?
Income may be reassessed at any time during processing if new information indicates that you may no longer meet the minimum income requirements or if more than 12 months have passed between the dates on which we receive your application and when processing of the application begins.
Information for the Principal Applicant
In regard to you, the sponsor, the principal applicant is the person you are sponsoring to come to Canada and is declared as the primary applicant in the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008).
What does the principal applicant do?
- sign the Application to sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344), except for Quebec residents,
- complete and sign the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008) and the Additional Dependants/Declaration (IMM 0008DEP) and include your accompanying and non-accompanying dependants on one form
- Additional Dependants/Declaration (IMM 0008DEP) if more than five accompanying or non-accompanying family members exist
- complete the Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)
- complete the Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)
- complete and sign the Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM 5409), if applicable.
Who should be included in the sponsorship application?
- The principal applicant who is being sponsored as a parent or grandparent,
- The principal applicant’s spouse or common-law partner
- The principal applicant’s children from current and previous relationships whether they are coming to Canada or not.
Your family members include your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children and any children that are their dependent children.
Refers to either of the two persons (opposite or same sex) in a marriage legally recognized in the country in which it took place, as well as in Canada.
Refers to a person who is living in a conjugal relationship with another person (opposite or same sex), and has done so continuously for a period of at least one year.
A conjugal relationship exists when there is a significant degree of commitment between two people. This can be shown with evidence that the couple share the same home, support each other financially and emotionally, have children together, or present themselves in public as a couple.
Common-law partners who have been in a conjugal relationship for at least one year but are unable to live together or appear in public together because of legal restrictions in their home country or who have been separated for reasons beyond their control (for example, civil war or armed conflict) may still qualify and should be included on the application.
Refers to the children of the applicant and those of the spouse or common-law partner, if applicable.They must be:
- under the age of 19 and not have a spouse or common-law partner, or
- 19 years of age or older and unable to be financially self-sufficient since before the age of 19 due to a physical or mental condition.
Definitions of Dependent children (Types 1 and 2)