New Pathway to Permanent Residency in Canada 2021: The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, announced today an ambitious route to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who actively contribute to Canada’s economy.
Temporary workers and international graduates who are already in Canada will be granted permanent residency under these special public policies and who have the knowledge and experience measures to fight the pandemic and accelerate our economic recovery
Temporary workers employed in our hospitals and long-term care homes, as well as international graduates driving the economy of tomorrow, will be the focus of this new pathway.
Workers must have at least one year of work experience in a health-care career or another pre-approved essential occupation in Canada to be qualified. International graduates must have completed an eligible post-secondary programme in Canada during the last four years and no earlier than January 2017.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following three streams on May 6, 2021:
- 20,000 applications for temporary healthcare workers
- 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations
- 40,000 applications for foreign students who graduated from a Canadian institution
The streams will be open until November 5, 2021, or until they reach their limit. These three streams will admit up to 90,000 new permanent residents.
Three new streams for French-speaking or bilingual candidates have been launched with no intake caps to promote Canada’s official languages. French-speaking and bilingual newcomers benefit communities across Canada, and this pathway will contribute to the vitality of these Francophone minority communities.
As we continue to battle the pandemic, immigration will be vital to our economic recovery because it will solve labour shortages and contribute to our workforce’s growth.
These special public policies would encourage essential temporary workers and foreign graduates to settle in Canada and help us retain the talented workers we need, especially in our healthcare system, by providing an accelerated path to Canada Immigration.
The announcement made today will assist us in achieving our Immigration Levels Plan for 2021, which calls for Canada to accept 401,000 new permanent residents. Our strategy would help build employment and drive long-term development in Canada by welcoming skilled newcomers and international graduates.
- Workers in 40 healthcare occupations, as well as 95 other essential jobs in a variety of industries, such as caregiving and food processing and distribution, are covered by these government policies.
- Workers in 40 healthcare occupations, as well as 95 other essential jobs in a variety of industries, such as caregiving and food processing and distribution, are covered by these policies.
- These policies build on substantial steps we’ve already taken to help those who are here temporarily stay permanently, including new measures to ensure that foreign students don’t miss out on opportunities as a result of the pandemic and the largest draw in the history of the Express Entry system.
- To be qualified, graduates and workers must be proficient in one of Canada’s official languages, meet general admissibility criteria, and be present in Canada, authorized to work, and employed at the time of their application.
- The vitality of Francophone communities across Canada is based on immigration, which is why these policies include dedicated spaces for French-speaking or bilingual candidates, as well as no restriction on their number of applicants.
- Canada is faced with significant demographic challenges. In 1971, there were 6.6 working-age people for each senior. There are three now, and by 2035, there will only be two. If refugees are not welcomed, future generations will have to pay more to sustain the public services we depend on.
- Immigrants who previously held a work permit often report higher salaries 1 year after becoming Canada PR, according to Statistics Canada (January 2021).