Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced on Tuesday that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite a record number of people to apply under the 2021 intake of the Parents and Grandparents Program. 

IRCC will accept up to 30,000 additional applications using the same random selection process as used in previous years, he said. Invitations to apply will be sent to potential sponsors who have already submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020 starting the week of September 20.

Those invited to apply will be able to use the new Permanent Resident Digital Intake tool, which allows applications to be submitted electronically. 

For the 2020 tax year, the income requirement will continue to be the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum necessary income plus 30%, and will allow regular Employment Insurance benefits and temporary COVID-19 benefits, such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, to be included towards the sponsor’s income. This measure will ensure that applicants are not penalized for losing income during the pandemic, said a statement issued by the IRRC.

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