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New Permanent Residence Programs for Temporary Workers and Graduates in Canada

On April 14, 2021, IRCC announced a plan to create pathways to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates in Canada. These programs will target temporary workers employed in healthcare (hospitals and long-term care homes) as well as other frontline workers in essential sectors, and international graduates.


International students must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary education program within the last four years, and no earlier than January 2017.


To be eligible for permanent residency through one of these pathways, workers must have at least one year of Canadian work experience in a healthcare position or another pre-approved essential occupation.


Approved healthcare positions:

  • General practitioners and family physicians

  • Pharmacists

  • Dietitians and nutritionists

  • Nurses

  • Medical laboratory technologists

  • Dental hygienists

  • Dental assistants

  • Psychologists

  • Social workers

  • Home support workers

  • Housekeepers

  • See the full list of approved healthcare professions.

Pre-approved essential occupations:

  • Cashiers

  • Contractors and supervisors

  • Electricians

  • Plumbers

  • Transport truck drivers

  • Harvesting labourers

  • Retail salespersons

  • Specialized cleaners

  • General farmworkers

  • Home child care providers

  • Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants

  • See the full list of pre-approved essential occupations.




When should I apply for permanent residency?


As of May 6, 2021, IRCC will begin accepting applications for Permanent Residence under the following streams:

  • Temporary workers in healthcare (20,000 applicants will be accepted)

  • Temporary workers in other selected essential occupations (30,000 applicants will be accepted)

  • International graduates who graduated from a Canadian institution (40,000 applicants will be accepted)

These streams will remain open until either November 5, 2021 or once the categories have reached their intake caps. In total, 90,000 new permanent residents will be accepted through these streams in 2021.


To promote Canada’s official languages, three additional streams (with no intake caps) have also been launched for French-speaking or bilingual candidates.


Who should apply?


Those who were planning to apply for Permanent Residence through the Canadian Experience Class via Express Entry and meet the requirements for one of the new pools can submit their application under one of the new streams. If you think you may be eligible, now is the time to begin preparing your documents and forms to ensure you can submit an application before the caps are reached for the streams. Contact us today for assistance with your application.

Our Services


Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.


We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.




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