Canada launches Pathway for Permanent Residence for Canadian work experience in essential occupations

Canada launches Pathway for Permanent Residence for Foreign Nationals with Canadian work experience in essential occupations

Permanent residence for Canadian work experience in essential occupations. The government of Canada launched on April 12, 2021, a Temporary public policy to facilitate the granting of permanent residence for foreign nationals in Canada, outside of Quebec, with recent Canadian work experience in essential occupations. This public policy comes into effect on May 6, 2021, and will end on November 5, 2021.

Under this new public policy individuals who have accumulated at least one (1) year of full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time experience (1,560 hours), in Canada, in an eligible occupation can apply for permanent residence provided they meet other eligibility requirements.

What are the requirements for the public policy for Permanent Residence for Canadian work experience in essential occupations?

The requirements for permanent residence for Canadian work experience in essential occupations is as follows:

  • Obtain one year of work experience in one or more of the eligible occupations (see below)
  • Be employed in Canada in any occupation at the time that the application for permanent residence is submitted
  • Have attained a level of proficiency of at least benchmark 4 in either official language for each of the four language skill areas, as set out in the Canadian Language Benchmarks or the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens. The evaluation must be less than two (2) years old when the permanent residence application is received;
  • Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) and be physically present in Canada at the time the application for permanent residence is received and when the application is approved
  • Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
  • Have submitted an application for permanent residence using the forms required by the Government
  • Not be inadmissible to Canada
    For a complete list of the eligibility requirements click here.

What are the eligible Occupations for permanent residence for Canadian work experience in essential occupations?

The list of eligible occupations for permanent residence for Canadian work experience in essential occupations are:

Stream A – Eligible Health-Related Occupations for Permanent Residence

NOC Occupation
3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3111 Specialist physicians
3112 General practitioners and family physicians
3113 Dentists
3121 Optometrists
3122 Chiropractors
3124 Allied primary health practitioners
3125 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3131 Pharmacists
3132 Dietitians and nutritionists
3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3142 Physiotherapists
3143 Occupational therapists
3144 Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
3211 Medical laboratory technologists
3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215 Medical radiation technologists
3216 Medical sonographers
3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
3221 Denturists
3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3231 Opticians
3232 Practitioners of natural healing
3233 Licensed practical nurses
3234 Paramedical occupations
3236 Massage therapists
3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
3411 Dental assistants
3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services
4151 Psychologists
4152 Social workers
4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors
4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4212 Social and community service workers
4412 Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations

Stream B – Other Eligible Essential Occupations for permanent Residence

Major Unit Groups

66 – Sales support occupations
– 6611 Cashiers
– 6621 Service station attendants
– 6622 Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
– 6623 Other sales related occupations
72- Industrial, electrical and construction trades 
– 7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
– 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
– 7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
– 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
– 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
– 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
– 7232 Tool and die makers
– 7233 Sheet metal workers
– 7234 Boilermakers
– 7235 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
– 7236 Ironworkers
– 7237 Welders and related machine operators
– 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
– 7242 Industrial electricians
– 7243 Power system electricians
– 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
– 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
– 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
– 7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians
– 7251 Plumbers
– 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
– 7253 Gas fitters
– 7271 Carpenters
– 7272 Cabinetmakers
– 7281 Bricklayers
– 7282 Concrete finishers
– 7283 Tilesetters
– 7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
– 7291 Roofers and shinglers
– 7292 Glaziers
– 7293 Insulators
– 7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
– 7295 Floor covering installers
74 – Other installers, repairers and servicers and material handlers 
– 7441 Residential and commercial installers and servicers
– 7442 Waterworks and gas maintenance workers
– 7444 Pest controllers and fumigators
– 7445 Other repairers and servicers
– 7451 Longshore workers
– 7452 Material handlers
75 – Transport and heavy equipment operation and related maintenance occupations 
– 7511 Transport truck drivers
– 7512 Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
– 7513 Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
– 7514 Delivery and courier service drivers
– 7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
– 7522 Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers
– 7531 Railway yard and track maintenance workers
– 7532 Water transport deck and engine room crew
– 7533 Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations
– 7534 Air transport ramp attendants
– 7535 Other automotive mechanical installers and servicers
76 – Trades helpers, construction labourers and related occupations 
– 7611 Construction trades helpers and labourers
– 7612 Other trades helpers and labourers
– 7621 Public works and maintenance labourers
– 7622 Railway and motor transport labourers
86 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers 
– 8611 Harvesting labourers
– 8612 Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
– 8613 Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
– 8614 Mine labourers
– 8615 Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers
– 8616 Logging and forestry labourers

Minor Unit Groups

151 – Mail and message distribution occupations 
642 – Retail salesperson 
673 – Cleaners 
843 – Agriculture and horticulture workers
844 – Other workers in fishing and trapping and hunting occupations
946 – Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and associated products processing 

Specific 4 digit unit groups

0821 – Managers in agriculture
0822 – Managers in horticulture
4031 – French and French Immersion Secondary school teachers (language of instruction must be French)
4032 – French and French Immersion Elementary school and kindergarten teachers (language of instruction must be French)
4411 – Home child care providers
4413 – Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
6331 – Retail Butchers
6523 – Airline ticket and service agents
6524 – Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives and related clerks
6541 – Security guards and related security service occupations
6551 – Customer services representatives – financial institutions
6552 – Other customer and information services representatives
8252 – Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
8255 – Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
9617 – Labourers in food and beverage processing
9618 – Labourers in fish and seafood processing

Is there a Cap for this Public Policy?

The intake cap for permanent residence for Canadian work experience in essential occupations is 20,000 applications for Health-Related Occupations and 30,000 applications for Other Eligible Essential Occupations.

For more information on the requirements for this Public Policy click here.

If you believe you are eligible or would like to know if you are eligible you may want to book a paid consultation to discuss your matter with us.

Please note that this should not be construed as Legal Advice. This is General Information and should not be acted on.

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