Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Policies 2024

IRCC enhances online processing times tool

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In this week’s issue, IRCC enhances online processing times tool, Canada’s settlement program providers were able to pivot and adjust under Covid-19, and New Brunswick extends invitations to internationally trained francophone nurses.

Canada Announces New Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Policies

Canada is extending invitations to 35,700 potential sponsors under the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) program in May. New invitations will be drawn from the current pool of interest-to-sponsor forms submitted in 2020. Invitations will be issued starting May 21st and continue over the course of a 2-week period. 

🎫 What is Happening 
A similar move was observed In Fall 2023, when it was announced that immigration to Canada under PGP, would continue to be limited to families of sponsors who had already submitted interest-to-sponsor forms, when the program re-opened.

🧳 Why it’s Happening 
IRCC is trying to clear the backlog of interest-to-sponsor forms in the pool of submissions from 2020, by issuing invitations to apply, to randomly-selected sponsors from the existing pool, instead of opening a new interest to sponsor process. This is a part of IRCC’s commitment to modernize, accelerate and simplify Canada’s immigration PGP application process.

🚀 Why it Matters
The primary variable affecting processing times, is the size of the inventory. With the exception of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, increases in processing times are largely a function of a growing, unmanaged inventory, due to an input-output imbalance. Reducing inventory preserves program integrity, as new permanent residents arrive and demand for the PGP grows.


  • IRCC is enhancing the online processing times tool to provide forward-looking estimates for application processing. The new predictor will receive monthly updates, and will provide realistic and up-to-date information that will optimize application timelines. Read more

  • Canada’s Settlement Program and  Service Provider Organizations (SPOs) were able to flexibly adjust to the Covid-19 pandemic and deliver services, says a new Settlement Outcomes Report. Close to 400,000 clients were served in each of 2020 and 2021. Most newcomers directly participated in the Canadian labour market, and those not working contributed in other ways. Read more

  • New Brunswick extended invitations to internationally trained francophone nurses to bolster its long-term care sector. Health Minister Bruce Fitch emphasized the value of their expertise in ensuring quality care for residents. The province's proactive recruitment strategy highlights its commitment to addressing healthcare staffing needs and enhancing patient services. Read more

  • Manitoba’s labour and immigration minister confirmed that IRCC has agreed to the province’s request to extend expiring post-graduate work permits (PGWPs) by two years, for around 6,700 workers. The extension will allow the province to accept nearly all applicants under the nominee program. Read more



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