In 2012, sponsorship of parents and grandparents super visa were put on a temporary pause given the backlog in processing these applications.
In order to still allow individuals in Canada to have their parents and grandparents in Canada, CIC introduced a new visa called the “Super Visa” which allows parents and grandparents to be in Canada on a visitor status for a period of 2 years and this visa is renewable for up to 10 years. Along with meeting the general requirements of a visitor visa, parents and grandparents must also purchase health insurance and demonstrate this in the super visa application.
The super visa does not assist in eventually in obtaining permanent residence for applicants. CIC has announced that it plans to re-open the sponsorship of parents and grandparents in 2014.
Here are some additional resources to prepare you for a visit to Canada.