Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made an announcement on January 3, 2016 that the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) will reopen on January 4, 2016. IRCC indicated that 5,000 new and complete applications will be accepted, and that all applications received above the limit will be returned to the applicant.
On January 7, 2016, IRCC closed the PGP as they received more than 14,000 applications. The intake of further applications is now closed, and the first 5,000 complete applications received will be placed in the inventory queue.
IRCC have stated that they are trying to increase the number of parent and grandparent sponsorship applications from 5,000 to 10,000 per year, and therefore will retain the first 10,000 complete applications.