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2022 Parents and Grandparents Program lottery

Canada completes 2022 Parents and Grandparents Program lottery

2022 Parents and Grandparents Program lottery

The 2022 Parents and Grandparents Program lottery that we announced recently is now complete. See Canada to issue 23,100 Parents and Grandparents Program invitations.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted the 2022 Parents and Grandparents Program lottery between October 12 and October 20. IRCC subsequently confirmed on its website that it has completed distribution of 23,100 invitations to apply to sponsors in the 2022 Parents and Grandparents Program lottery pool.

Invitations went to people in the lottery pool who submitted interest to sponsor forms in 2020. There were 182,113 potential sponsors in the pool.

Candidates who received invitations must file a complete application within 60 days.

Applicants can check if they were invited on the IRCC website, by entering their confirmation number.

If the confirmation tool says you were invited but you did not receive an invitation, you can request a copy of it online. IRCC says it will answer queries in 10 working days.

Lost or forgotten confirmation numbers can also be requested by submitting an online form.

Parents and Grandparents Program is a popular pathway to immigrate to Canada

Immigrants family reunification remains a top priority for Canada. On October 11, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced it would issue invitations to apply to 23,100 potential sponsors for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) for 2022.

Canada’s PGP helps Canadian citizens an permanent residents reunite with parents and grand parents. They can later obtain Canadian PR status with benefits such as access to work and healthcare and later becoming Canadian citizens.

IRCC data shows that Canada welcomed 16,970 new permanent residents through the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in the first 7 months of this year alone. Canada is likely going to welcome over 29,000 total new PGP permanent residents in 2022.


Canadian permanent residents and citizens can sponsor their parents and grandparents for permament residence under the Parents and Grandparents Program. Alternatively, they can apply for Parents and Grandparents Super Visa which allows them to stay for five years on each entry into Canada.

Eligibility for the Parents and Grandparents Program

You are eligible to sponsor your parents and grandparents if:

  • you completed an interest to sponsor form on IRCC’s website between 12 PM ET on October 13, 2020 and and 12 PM ET on November 3, 2020
  • you are at least 18 years old
  • you live in Canada
  • you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
  • you have enough money to support the people you want to sponsor (by demonstrating you meet the Minimum Necessary Income)

Parents and Grandparents Program vs Super Visa

The PGP is very popular. However, its available through a lottery system with very limited spots available.  Although there are only 35,000 spots available in a year, yet IRCC receives nearly 200,000 PGP application forms each year.

For the 2022 Parents and Grandparents Program lottery, invitations went to people who submitted interest to sponsor forms in 2020. There were 182,113 sponsored candidates in the pool.

If your plan is to temporarily reunite with parents and grandparents for up to 5 years per visit, the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa is perfect for you. It is typically faster than PGP as processing Super Visa generally takes s few months while the PGP can take years.

IRCC Resources:

Super visa (for parents and grandparents): How to apply

Guide 5772 – Application to Sponsor Parents and Grandparents