Having time working/studying/living in Canada factor into qualifying for PGP rewards those who are likely to stay in Canada longterm and who have paid taxes longterm. Getting PGP after only 3 years of living in Canada is a huge benefit without any guarantee that people will stay working in Canada and paying into the tax system. The primary income earner could work overseas or move the family could move elsewhere and leave the parents in Canada. This year getting a spot mostly came down to who had the fastest internet, best technology, typed the fastest and who was comfortable with technology. That is why people sued and the government settled..