Immigration Minister Chris Alexander speaks to new immigrants in CalgaryIn January, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be re-opening the controversial Parent and Grandparent (PGP) immigration program to new applications.
The program was put on a temporary moratorium in 2011 because of a huge backlog. To clear that queue, Canada welcomed 25,000 parents and grandparents in each of 2012 and 2013. In 2014 we'll welcome an additional 20,000.
The new rules are stricter than before: only 5,000 applicants will be approved every year and sponsors will have to take on a greater burden: Specifically, Canadians sponsoring their parents will have to prove a higher income threshold and ensure that their immigrating relative doesn't seek social assistance from the government for a full 20 years.
Despite the new rules, the Fraser Institute says that getting through that backlog could still cost taxpayers between $21 billion and $40 billion.
"While the government’s package is designed both to assuage sponsors of parents and grand parents, particularly those in theRead More »from New immigration rules could cost taxpayers $21B: Fraser Institute