April 15, 2021

New pathways for permanent residents for 90.000 essential workers

Canada announced new programs for permanent residence for 90.000 essential workers

Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, announced six new programs that will allow 90,000 essential workers and international graduates, who are already in Canada contributing to accelerate the economy, to get permanent residence this year.

This new pathway focuses on temporary workers employed in hospitals, care homes, and other frontlines of essential sectors. It also includes international students who already graduated within the last 4 years, and are helping to recover the economy and fight the pandemic.

To be considered for these options, international students must have finished their Canadian post-secondary program no earlier than January 2017 and must have at least one year of experience working in a healthcare profession or another pre-approved essential occupation.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) will accept applications from May 6, 2021, under these 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


These streams will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until they have reached their limit. Is expected that more than 90,000 new permanent residents will benefit under these streams

Furthermore, to promote Canada’s official languages, other 3 streams were launched for French-speaking or bilingual candidates. This pathway will contribute to the Francophone minority communities across Canada.

Immigration is critical to recovering the Canadian economy by adding growth to the workforce, and these policies will help essential temporary workers and international students to establish themselves in Canada and retain talented workers in the country.

The Canadian Government plan for 2021 is to welcome 401.000 new permanent residents, and international students and skilled newcomers are under this plan to strengthen the Canadian economy.