Prepared by Shreeya A Pal; Shi Hui Yu; Edited by Samuel Francis Gills on May 9, 2022

Are you a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident who is unable to bring your family members to Canada under the parents and grandparents program? Then you may consider the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa as a backup strategy. Canada’s annual immigration intake under the Parents and Grandparents Program is bound to grow in the next three years.

Sponsored parents and grandparents can become permanent residents of Canada. This gives them all the privileges of permanent residence, such as the freedom to live and work in Canada without consideration of place, time, or business, as well as access to publicly funded health care and other services. They can eventually apply for Canadian citizenship as well.

Minimum Income Requirements for Sponsorship

For provinces and territories other than Quebec, the applicant must satisfy the minimum income requirements specified below.

The following should be considered before determining the number of individuals for whom the applicant is financially responsible:

  • the sponsor,
  • the sponsor’s spouse/common-law partner who will be co-signing on the application
  • the sponsor’s dependent children
  • the sponsor’s spouse/partner’s dependent children
  • any other person the sponsor may have previously sponsored and whom they are still financially responsible for.
  • the parents/grandparents and their dependents that they want to sponsor
  • any dependent children who will not come to Canada with their parents/grandparents
  • the sponsor’s parent/grandparent’s spouse/partner, even if they will not come to Canada
  • the sponsor’s parent/grandparent’s separated spouse.

While you reside in Quebec, the immigration ministry will evaluate your earning. Financial Ability requirements for the preceding 12 months must be achieved by sponsors and co-signers.



All sponsors in Canada must submit a written assurance to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), as well as the provincial government – if they are in Quebec. This is a legal statement that you will be financially responsible for your sponsored family members and that they will not be qualified for social assistance. During the duration of the project, you will be required to payback any social assistance obtained.

Eligibility Criteria for Parent and Grandparents Super Visa

Both the sponsor and the person(s) being sponsored must meet certain qualifying criteria to be eligible. Sponsors should:

  1. Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
  2. meet certain income requirements
  3. support the sponsored person(s) and their dependents financially.

The sponsor and the sponsored person(s) must sign a sponsorship agreement that:

  1. Beginning on the date they become a permanent resident, the sponsor agrees to give financial assistance to the sponsored person(s) and any other suitable relatives accompanying them for a period of three to twenty years, depending on their age and relationship to the sponsor.
  2. Those who become permanent residents must make every effort to establish themselves, according to the law.

Residents of Quebec are required to sign an ‘undertaking’ with the province. The sponsorship is obligated by this contract. After being certified as a sponsor by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), sponsors in Quebec must additionally fulfil Quebec’s sponsorship requirements.

According to Ottawa’s current Immigration Levels Plan, the policy will welcome 25,000 immigrants in 2022, 28,500 in 2023, and 32,000 in 2024.

This represents a 36% increase over the target of 23,500 PGP immigrants set for 2021.

Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn more about ways to find a new job in Canada, making your initial days in Canada stress-free and confident.

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