The Parent Sponsorship Program in Canada under Criticism

The PGP which is also known as the Parent Grandparent Sponsorship Program has recently been under fire for the changes that have been made to an already problematic system. This is not the first time that criticisms have been made against the program. The System that allows for people to reunite with their grandparents and parents who have been living overseas by sponsoring their permanent residency application has always been under constant changes. But instead of helping, people can argue that the problems have still stayed the same.

The program is due to open soon in the month of January for fresh applicants but there are some changes this times. Still, experts from the field have proposed that the yearlong problems that have plagued the system have not been taken care of.

The History of Changes in Parent Grand Parent Unification Program

There have been debates about the proposed changes to the program for years. The pressing problems that needed immediate solutions were:

  • The number of applications that were still stuck in the backlog pile was incredibly high. Attention has been drawn towards more than 160000 applicants still stuck in the pending queue.
  • As a result of the higher backlog, the processing time for the sponsorship applications was very high which made the application process tedious and exhausting.
The Parent Sponsorship Program under Criticism
Extended family sitting outdoors smiling

Just keep in mind that these problems have been in existence for nearly two decades and any significant changes proposed to the system were seen in 2011. Then, a two-phased system was proposed which meant on clearing the backlog and limiting applications. And last year, the system changed to a lottery program to make it fair for those living afar 

The Persisting Problems- Sponsoring Parent to Join In Canada

Scholars and experts alike still argue of the fact that the changes introduced to the Lottery system, which was flawed, to begin with, is going to solve the problem at hand. The system needs to limit ineligible people from applying so that the deserving people get their due. It always happens that ineligible people end up filling the online forms and get selected only to realize later that they are not eligible for the program.

The recent changes to the form proposed asking for income details. But, no proof is required and thus, the same can happen again and again. To help you understand this, nearly three thousand applications were vacant after the ineligible people were sorted out after the first round.

There is discord on how members are to be selected for Parent- Grand Parent Unification program- To Build perfect system you need to raise voice and share concerns

Arguments have been made about various ways by which ineligible applications can be limited. People have suggested concentrating on the fact that people can prove they meet the income threshold. This can be a limiting factor in its own right and will ensure only eligible applicants are selected via the lottery system. There might be certain discord amongst the general public and the experts of the field. But it is important to understand that only through constant changes and discussions that they can build a system that is fair and right for the people. Thus, it is important that people voice their concerns and keep working for what is reasonable and lawful.


Raima Sen

Next Post

Do You Qualify For The Spousal Sponsorship in Canada?

Sun Mar 4 , 2018
Permanent residents of Canada or citizens of the country have the right sponsor spouses, parents, children and other relatives. Becoming spouse of a permanent citizen of the nation will give a person the opportunity to migrate to Canada as a permanent citizen. This is a simple method of getting permanent […]
Do You Qualify For The Spousal Sponsorship in Canada?