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New: 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program

For the 2021 program, IRCC will conduct a new interest to sponsor form intake process and accept a maximum of 30,000 new applications. Information and timelines for the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program will be posted on IRCC’s website as soon as they’re available.

If you are interested then be proactive as follows:

Planning to sponsor your parents and grandparents:
Check if you’re eligible ??

You can sponsor your own parents and grandparents if:

Do you know your responsibilities and Undertaking ?

To become a sponsor, you must promise to financially take care of the persons you are sponsoring for a period of time. We call this promise an undertaking. The undertaking commits you to:

  • providing financial support for your sponsored family members for 20 years, starting when they become permanent residents(outside Quebec)
  • repaying any provincial social assistance (money from the government) your sponsored family members get during that time

Also, you and your sponsored family members need to agree to certain responsibilities during the undertaking period. We call this the sponsorship agreement. The sponsorship agreement means that:

  • you’ll provide for the basic needs of your sponsored family members
  • the person you sponsor will make every effort to support themselves and their family members

When you apply, you’ll have to complete and sign a form that includes the undertaking and the sponsorship agreement.

How much income do you/sponsor needs to sponsor his/her parents and grandparents?

You, the sponsor (and your co-signer, if you have one) must prove you have enough income to support all the people you’ll be financially responsible for once you become a sponsor. This includes yourself.

If you’re invited to apply, you have to provide proof that you meet the income requirements for each of the 3 tax years before the date you apply.

Important :

Since many sponsors may have been affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic, the income requirement for the 2020 tax year has been reduced to the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum necessary income plus 30%.

Also, family class sponsors will be able to count these benefits in their income calculations for the 2020 tax year:

  • regular Employment Insurance benefits (rather than just special Employment Insurance benefits)
  • any Canada Emergency Response Benefits issued under the
    • Employment Insurance Act or
    • Canadian Emergency Response Benefit Act
  • other temporary COVID-19 related benefits
    • as long as they’re not part of provincial social assistance programs

Note: This does not affect the income requirements for the 2019 and 2018 tax years.

New Table – LICO

Income required for the 3 tax years right before the day you apply (sponsors applying in 2021)
Total number of people you’ll be responsible for

2 people$32,899$41,007$40,379
3 people$40,445$50,414$49,641
4 people$49,106$61,209$60,271
5 people$55,695$69,423$68,358
6 people$62,814$78,296$77,095
7 people$69,935$87,172$85,835

Important :
To prove you meet the income requirements, you must include your Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the last 3 tax years before you apply (2020, 2019 and 2018).

If you were able to submit the interest to sponsor form, for Year 2020, then you saw a page with a confirmation number. IRCC asked you to write down this number so you can use it later to check if you’ve been invited to apply once they send out invitations.

There are 6 steps to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents.

  1. Submit the interest to sponsor form
  2. Get an invitation to apply
  3. Get the application package
  4. Pay your application fees
  5. Submit your application
  6. Send additional information during processing

Did You know ? : Your parents and grandparents can link their application to their online account

If you want to check on your parents’ and grandparents’ application status :

As the sponsor, you may want to have access to your parents’ and grandparents’ information without being in charge of their application.

For example, you may want to check their application status on their behalf, but not act as their representative.

To protect their privacy, they need to give us their written consent before we’ll share any of their personal information with you or give anyone access to their application information.

Do you need us to help you sponsor your parents/grandparents then contact us, Canadian licensed immigration law Consultants at cell : 647-505-3579 and/or email :

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