Sponsor your parents and grandparents

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will resume intake of new applications under the parent and grandparent program (PGP) starting January 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST). Applications must be individually packaged and sent to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Ontario (CPC-M). The office is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST Monday through Friday, except for statutory holidays.

CPC-M accepts applications received by mail, from local couriers and from major courier services only. Applications received before January 2, 2015 will be returned to the applicant and processing fees will not be taken. Five thousand complete applications will be accepted for 2015. All applications received after the 5,000 cap has been reached will be returned to the applicant.

If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you may be able to sponsor your parent or grandparent to become a permanent resident under the Family Class (FC).

If you sponsor your parent or grandparent to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must make every reasonable effort to provide for your own essential needs and those of your parent or grandparent. You are responsible for supporting your parent or grandparent financially when he or she arrives. As a sponsor, you must make sure your parent or grandparent does not need to seek social assistance from the government.

Determine your eligibility

Find out if you are eligible to sponsor your parent or grandparent.

If you live in Quebec, you will need to meet Quebec immigration sponsorship requirements.


The process to sponsor your family begins when you, as a citizen or permanent resident in Canada, apply to be a sponsor.

Check processing times

Find out how long it will take CIC to process your application for family sponsorship.

After you apply: get next steps

Learn what happens after you apply for family sponsorship.

Prepare for arrival

Find out what you need to prepare for your family member’s arrival in Canada.

Find out if you are eligible

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