On July 20, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program. The government will use the random selection process as used in previous years. Applicants will receive invitations to apply (ITAs) starting the week of September 20, 2021, and have to submit the application within 60 days. The Government is going to receive up to 40,000 complete applications in 2021—10,000 of these applications are from the 2020 intake process, while 30,000 are from 2021. For the tax year of 2020, applicants must provide the minimum necessary income requirement, that allows regular Employment Insurance benefits and temporary COVID-19 benefits to be included as the sponsor’s income.