The following is excerpted from an article written by The Canadian Press on August 20th, 2018 (posted on

More Families to Reunite in Canada - Immigration "Lottery System" Comes to an End“The Trudeau government is scrapping an unpopular lottery system for immigrants looking to reunite with their parents and grandparents and is increasing the number of sponsorship applications it will accept next year…

…The changes, which will take effect in 2019, will replace the random selection process for sponsorship applications with a first-come-first-served application process…”

To read the full article from Global News, click here.

The following statement was presented as part of a news release from the Government of Canada yesterday (August 20th, 2018): 

“To help reunite even more parents and grandparents with their families in Canada…the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the Government of Canada will accept up to 20 000 applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, in 2019. This is 4 times the number of applications accepted when the program reopened in 2014, when the cap was set at 5000 applications.

This decision to increase the number of applications that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept for processing is a result of continually high demand in the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program and the fact that we have significantly reduced the inventory of applications. The inventory has dropped from a peak of 167 000 people, in 2011, to just under 26 000 people, in June 2018…”

To read the official news release from the Government of Canada, click here.