Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, revealed his government’s intentions to raise family reunifications numbers. Consequently, Canada will welcome approximately 25,000 parents and grandparents as immigrants next year. The government’s main goal is to cut the backlog of applications, which has pushed wait times to up to eight years in some cases. No new family reunification applications will be processed before 2014. In the near future, a new family reunification program is expected.