An increasing number of parents and grandparents come to Canada through the PGP
The PGP saw a 4.3% increase in new permanent residents in February, according to the latest data from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
A total of 1,805 new permanent residents were welcomed in February, up from 1,730 in January. This growth in popularity for the PGP in February follows a month with a 33% increase in the number of new permanent residents compared to January of the previous year when Canada welcomed 1,300 new permanent residents under the PGP.
3,550 parents and grandparents have been able to reconnect with their family members in Canada so far this year due to the PGP in January and February, up 44.9% from the 2,450 who arrived under the same program in the same months last year.
In the first two months of this year, Alberta was the second-most popular destination in Canada for parents and grandparents arriving under the PGP. In January and February of this year, Prairie province received 805 of these new permanent residents.
Through the PGP, the francophone province of Quebec welcomed 375 new permanent residents, and the other 60 parents and grandparents were divided between the four Atlantic Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.
165 new permanent residents entered Manitoba through the PGP during the first two months of this year, and 130 entered Saskatchewan, the other two Prairie provinces.
What is the PGP?
The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) of Canada is a family reunification program that allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to and settle permanently in Canada. The goal of the program is to assist Canadian families in staying together and reuniting.
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