Canada is recognizing the immense contribution that immigrants have made to fight the pandemic by opening new avenues for them to acquire permanent residence starting next month. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino announced the special public policies which will grant PR status to temporary workers and international graduates already in the country.
This will affect the over 90,000 essential temporary international workers who possess the skills and experience needed to fight the pandemic and are serving in hospitals, long-term care homes and other essential sectors. “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 government announcement said.
Our message is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting—and we want you to stay.
Beginning May 6, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following three 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.
Three additional streams with no intake caps have also been launched for French-speaking or bilingual candidates. Communities across Canada benefit from French-speaking and bilingual newcomers, and this pathway will contribute to the vitality of these Francophone minority communities.
With an accelerated pathway to permanent residency, these special public policies will encourage essential temporary workers and international graduates to put down roots in Canada and help us retain the talented workers we need, particularly in our health-care system.
This new offer will make up for Canada’s plan to 401,000 new permanent residents this year.
“The pandemic has shone a bright light on the incredible contributions of newcomers. These new policies will help those with a temporary status to plan their future in Canada, play a key role in our economic recovery and help us build back better. Our message to them is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting—and we want you to stay,” Minister Mendicino said in the statement.