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New pathway to PR for essential temporary workers and international graduates

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced last April 14 an innovative pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy.


This new pathway will grant permanent status to temporary workers and international graduates who are already in Canada and who possess the skills and experience we need to fight the pandemic and accelerate our economic recovery.



The focus will be on temporary workers employed in our hospitals and long-term care homes and on the frontlines of other essential sectors, as well as international graduates who are driving the economy of tomorrow.


To be eligible, workers must have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience in a health-care profession or another pre-approved essential occupation. International graduates must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last 4 years, and no earlier than January 2017.


Effective May 6, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following 3 streams:

- 20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care

- 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations

- 40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution


The streams will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until they have reached their limit. Up to 90,000 new permanent residents will be admitted under these 3 streams.


As we continue the fight against the pandemic, immigration will remain critical to our economic recovery by addressing labour shortages and adding growth to our workforce.


The accelerated pathway to permanent residency will encourage essential temporary workers and international graduates to put down roots in Canada and help the country retain the talented workers we need, particularly in our health-care system.


Under the government’s 2021 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada hopes to welcome 401,000 new permanent residents who will help create jobs and drive long-term growth in Canada.

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