"In effect, the Conservatives have introduced another moratorium on parent and grandparent applications," said NDP critic for Citizenship and Immigration Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds-Dollard). "The strong interest from the thousands who applied before the cut-off shows how much Canadians value family reunification. This Conservative government is making Canadians wait before they can even apply â€“ while a huge backlog remains."
In less than 35 days, more than 5,000 completed applications were received after the two-year moratorium. Additional applications wonâ€™t be accepted this year. As a result, Canadians will have to wait until 2015 before they can even start the long process of sponsoring their parents or grandparents to Canada.
"Conservative policies are keeping families apart â€“ thousands of Canadians were left unable to even apply to have their parents to join them this year," said NDP critic for Multiculturalism Andrew Cash (Davenport). "Canadians deserve real action on family reunification, not a system that only works for a lucky few."