Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program intake window is now open between October 13 and November 3.
During this period, Canadian citizens and permanent residents can lodge interest to sponsor forms on the Canada immigration ministry’s website.
After Nov. 3rd, the immigration department will conduct a lottery and invite Canadians to submit sponsorship applications to bring their parents and grandparent to Canada. The department will accept up to 10,000 applications for the 2020 PGP window.
The PGP’s benefits are very obvious for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who bring their loved ones to Canada. They get to reunite with their parents. Their parents and grandparents get the full benefits of being permanent residents such as accessibility to health care, working opportunities in Canada, and eventually earn the right to become a Canadian citizen.
What are the benefits to Canadian society?
First and foremost, strong families are the backbone of Canadian society.
There is also a very strong case that can be made in favor of the Parents and Grandparents Program.
Research indicates that parents and grandparents contribute to household income. This enables families to have greater purchasing power which benefits the Canadian economy.
Purchasing a home is the biggest opportunity we all make and the homeownership rates of immigrant families are equivalent to Canadian-born families (roughly Seventy (70) percent of families own a home).
In addition to augmenting the household income, parents and grandparent enable their children and grandchildren to work more hours. The reason for this is that parents and grandparent can provide the same child care, giving the rest of the family more flexibility to pursue more economic opportunity.
In the past, Canadian government surveys reveal that the PGP is among the less popular immigration programs among Canadians. This is understandable given the notion that parents and grandparents contribute less to the economy, and are likely to be a big expense on social services such as health care.
But, it is essential to remember that Canada allays these concerns in several major ways. First, parents and grandparents account for just six (6) percent of the total number of immigrants Canada welcomes in a year.
In order to migrate to Canada, parents, and grandparent, just like all immigrants, need to pass a medical screening authorized by the government of Canada to ensure they do not create excessive demands on Canada’s health care system.
Thirdly, Canada imposes a twenty (20)-year undertaking period on those who sponsor their parents and grandparents.
This means that sponsors sign a contract with the federal government that they will be financially responsible for the welfare of their parents and grandparents for twenty (20) years from the date their family member obtains Canadian permanent residence.
During this entire period, the sponsor is legally obligated to repay any social assistance that is collected by their parents or grandparents. This results in very low social assistance utilization by parents and grandparents.
Finally, Canada strives to pursue social, economic, and humanitarian goals through its immigration system. It wants immigrants to benefit the economy, and thus it selects nearly sixty (60) percent of its immigrants under the economic class-program.
Canada also seeks to reunite families which is why it operates the Parents and Grandparents Program. It also seeks to help those who are less fortunate based on humanitarian reasons.
While it should not be viewed through an economic perspective, a case can certainly be made for the Parents and Grandparents Program, as it does help the Canadian economy.