Federal govt press release: Reuniting more families: now you can bring your parents and grandparents to our already overloaded medical system

Parent and Grandparent program re-opening January 2, 2015

December 19, 2014 — Ottawa — Today, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that the parent and grandparent program (PGP) will re-open on January 2, 2015.

Alexander highlighted the success of the PGP, stating that Canada has welcomed more than 70,000 parents and grandparents since 2012. This number represents the highest level of parent and grandparent admissions in nearly two decades. Thanks to the government’s Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification, the backlog has already been reduced by nearly 54 percent.

Parents and grandparents who wish to visit their family in Canada can also apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. It remains a fast, convenient option for parents and grandparents wanting to spend an extended period of time in Canada with their families. To date, approximately 45,000 Super Visas have been issued with an approval rate of over 80 percent.

Quick facts

  • The United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand all have more restrictive criteria for the sponsorship of parents and only allow grandparents to be sponsored under exceptional circumstances, if at all.
  • Any PGP applications received before January 2, 2015, will not be accepted. Detailed information on how to apply, including application forms and guidelines, is currently available on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) website, enabling applicants to begin filling in their forms and gathering documentation.
  • A maximum of 5,000 new, complete applications will be accepted in 2015.
  • With more than 1,000 Super Visas being issued monthly, this has become one of CIC’s most popular initiatives.


“Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in the world and we are taking action to reduce backlogs and improve processing times—so that families are reunited with their loved ones more quickly.”

Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister

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Well thanks a lot! As if we didn’t have enough stress on the our health system already, now people can bring in their GRANDPARENTS, people who have never paid taxes in Canada at all.

This is infuriating. Any ideas for a co-ordinated response?  This government just doesn’t get it.

  • Alain

    That they even brag about it as if it is such a great thing leaves one speechless. Actually the financial burden they cause extends even beyond the socialised health care system. To think that this is coming from the federal party that is supposed to be Conservative with the only consolation being that the Liberals and NDP would be worse, does not leave one with a good taste in the mouth.

  • Rosenmops

    I’ve heard it argued that we need immigration so there are enough people to pay taxes so there will be money to look after the old people who have lived there whole lives here .

    Looks like the immigrants are just going to add to the burden because the politicians are vote whores.

    • Frau Katze

      We have to get some kind of message out. The govt is acting like our viewpoint is non-existent.

      Still, look how hard it is for resisters in Europe. The ethnic groups that have recently arrived are going to be in favour of this.

      If the Liberals win the next election, I cannot even contemplate what direction the country might take. We could become Sweden 2.

    • Porky17

      Vote whores, yeah for sure! Population replacement program full steam ahead! I am surprised in some districts of the GTA when I see any white Canadians. Thanks, government, for creating a new extension of Islamabad, Karachi, India, the Arab Middle East, and so on. Thanks!

  • Brett_McS

    I love this “family reunification”. Er, who un-unified the family in the first place by moving to Canada?

    • Alain

      The only acceptable “family reunification” should be one spouse and dependent children.

      • Porky17

        No family reunification is acceptable. None whatsoever.

      • tom_billesley

        The family reunification is easily achieved by deporting the applicant.

        • Frau Katze

          I don’t even want to think about it! I’m sure they’ll be able to sneak in polygamous relatives somehow.

  • G

    Organize about 7000 retired seniors around the country.

    Have them phone every known phone number of Revenue Canada 8 hours a day solid. Jam their phone lines right to hell. Phone other phone numbers that are in consequential order to the ones that are published (example published phone # is 555-5555. then you phone 555-5556 and 555-5557. You just may hit an UNPUBLISHED agency phone number. Tie that line up with stupid questions.

    Clog up Rev Cans fax machines by sending them faxes on colored paper (runs them out of toner fast).

    Flood their e-mail boxes with bullshit e-mail questions on obscure tax minutiae.
    Flood them with snail mail asking the same questions as on the phone & e-mail.

    File endless barrages of complaints very every smallest slight. Then complain to others that your complaints weren’t acted on fast enough.

    There’s more but you get the idea.

    Revenue Can operates by spending x amount of dollars to collect x + 10 dollars for a net + of $10. If, by wasting their time they spend X+4 to collect X+10. Then you are fucking with the government severely.

    • G

      Paragraph 5 should read “….complaints ABOUT every smallest slight.”

      • G

        F%%%! not “consequential order” but sequential order – sorry

    • Jay Currie

      Well there is always the looped – use sticky tape – black paper game. And why doesn’t the CRA join the 21st century and accept emails. Security my Ass.

  • Brett_McS

    Once they extend it to second cousins it’s game over. That’s basically the whole Arabic world.

  • Ho Hum

    I just don’t understand why there isn’t a huge public outrage over this. Are people just not paying attention? Of course none of the opposition parties are going to complain about this and most media wont touch this subject lest they be labelled “racist”. I wish SUN news network would focus on this!

    70,000 sick and aging parasites in just the last two years with more than half coming to Ontario and especially the Toronto area. Is it any wonder that waiting times for healthcare are getting worse every year? Canadian born citizens who have spent their entire life in Canada paying taxes are dying as a result of the decline in our healthcare system.

  • Martin B

    Why can’t they reunite in Pakistan?

    • Frau Katze

      No free medical care, for one reason.