The Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for immigration to Canada has moved to an Expression of Interest / Invitation to Apply (ITA) system for 2017. This page contains information for sponsors who receive an ITA.

Whereas previous PGP application cycles operated on a first-come, first-served basis, the program has now shifted to a system whereby potential sponsors must first complete and submit the 'Interest to Sponsor' web form.

What to do before you get an ITA

Potential sponsors who receive an ITA will have only 90 days to submit a complete application, including supporting documents. Therefore, it is imperative to submit the form and continue on the presumption that you may receive an ITA.

Potential sponsors who have not prepared for this eventuality may find that they are unable to gather and review all supporting documents if they only begin to do so after the ITA is issued.

The range of supporting documentation may be extensive. Sponsors must submit income taxation records, documents relating to civil status, and other material.

What to do after the ITA is issued

After the ITA is issued, sponsors must complete a number of forms containing extensive questions.

The forms include:

  • Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking
  • Financial Evaluation for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union
  • Generic Application Form for Canada
  • Additional Dependants/Declaration
  • Schedule A - Background/Declaration
  • Additional Family Information
  • Use of Representative
  • Processing Fees

It is crucial that these forms are completed honestly and meticulously. Any errors could lead to rejection and disappointment, not only for the sponsor, but also the sponsored person(s) and the wider family involved.

A complete application includes completed forms and all supporting documents.

The Interest to Sponsor Form

This form was available from January 3, 2017 to February 2, 2017.

The form itself is not an application form; rather, it allows Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to gather the contact details and personal information of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

IRCC will then invite at random 10,000 potential sponsors from this pool of individuals who have submitted the form.

Every individual who submitted the form will be contacted, regardless of whether or not IRCC has issued an ITA to them. Individuals who do not receive an ITA during this application cycle will be asked if they are interested in participating in 2018.

Individuals looking to sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s) must provide the following information on the new form:

  • Last name(s) (also known as family name, surname);
  • Given name(s) (also known as first name);
  • Date of birth;
  • Country or territory of birth;
  • Main home address;
  • Postal Code; and
  • Email address

For more information on the PGP, including eligibility requirements, visit our PGP page.

If you receive an ITA for the PGP, please contact us directly to learn more about your options for retaining legal representation in your case.


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