Lottery for parent sponsorship to be replaced
OTTAWA — 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. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen was to announce the changes Monday at an event in Vancouver.
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.
The so-called lottery system drew criticism when it was introduced last year after many potential sponsors said they felt it was unfair.