WHAT’S NEW IN CANADIAN IMMIGRATION NEWS | JULY 2019
Updated: May 6, 2020
INTERIM PATHWAY FOR CAREGIVERS REOPENED
On July 8th, 2019, the Interim Pathway for Caregivers reopened and it will remain open for 3 months. This program provides a pathway to permanent residence for individuals who have acquired work experience as a home childcare provider and/or a home support worker since November 30th, 2014. This is the second time this pathway has opened since it was originally launched earlier this year.
CANADA AND LUXEMBOURG SIGN A YOUTH MOBILITY ARRANGEMENT
Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland signed a new Youth Mobility Arrangement with Luxembourg’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn. This arrangement allows an exchange between Canada and Luxembourg through the International Experience Canada class.
Youth between the ages of 18 and 30 years can work and travel for up to 12 months through the Working Holiday, International Co-op, or Young Professionals categories in the IEC program. Through the IEC program, Canadian youth can now apply to travel and work in Luxembourg, while Luxembourgish youth can apply to travel and work in Canada.
PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR OUT-OF-STATUS CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA (GTA)
The Government of Canada announced the launch of a new temporary initiative to create a pathway to permanent residency for out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Up to 500 out-of-status construction workers will be granted permanent residency status. Applicants must identify themselves to the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). CLC officials will determine applicants’ eligibility and refer them to IRCC. This initiative is a step toward increasing the protection of construction workers and their families.
ONTARIO WANTS TO ATTRACT MORE PSWS AND TRUCK DRIVERS FROM OVERSEAS
Amendments were made to the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) to include new positions in the in-demand skills stream. Under the In-Demand Skills Stream, the work experience requirement has been reduced and three new National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes related to personal support workers and transport truck drivers were added as eligible occupations to support changing labour market needs. The NOC codes recognized in the in-demand skills stream now include:
NOC 3413 - nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
NOC 4412 - home support workers and related occupations, excluding housekeepers
NOC 7441 - residential and commercial installers and servicers
NOC 7511 - transport truck drivers
NOC 7521 - heavy equipment operators (except crane)
NOC 7611 - construction trades helpers and labourers
NOC 8431 - general farmworkers
NOC 8432 - nursery and greenhouse workers
NOC 8611 - harvesting labourers
NOC 9462 - industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
UPDATED LIST OF ELIGIBLE GLOBAL TALENT STREAM OCCUPATIONS
The Government of Canada updated the list of eligible occupations for the Global Talent Stream. As of July 2019, Computer Technicians (NOC 2281) have been added to the list while Engineering Managers (NO 0211) and Architecture and Science Managers (NOC 0212) have been removed from the list. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) stated that they will continue to accept submissions for occupations removed from this list until August 4th 2019.
The Global Talent Stream is designed to offer a timely, responsive, and predictable service to help Canadian employers hire highly-skilled global talent to expand the workforce in Canada.
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