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

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

What to do before you get an invitation

Potential sponsors who receive an invitation to submit an application have 60 days (from the date of the invitation) to submit a complete application, including supporting documents and fees. Therefore, it is imperative to submit the form and prepare on the presumption that you may receive an invitation.

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 an invitation 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 invitation is issued

After the invitation 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 2, 2018 to February 1, 2018.

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 invites 10,000 potential sponsors at random from the pool of individuals who have submitted the Interest to Sponsor form.

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 invitation to sponsor through the PGP, please email us directly.


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