Canada introduces new permanent residency pathway program for 90,000


As the third wave of the pandemic grips regions across the world, the Government of Canada has once again stepped up to remove doubt over the futures of many hopeful international students and essential workers.  Demonstrating its commitment to international students and their dreams of remaining there, the Canadian government announced an innovative pathway program that will allow 90,000 international graduates and essential workers to access a pathway to permanent residency. 


Announced by the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, this program will grant permanent status to workers and international graduates who already reside in Canada and who possess the skills to help Canada recover from the economic effects of the pandemic. 


“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.”


– The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

This program will specifically target people who work in long-term care homes, hospitals and other pre-approved essential sectors. This pathway program also focuses on international graduates who have completed an eligible post-secondary program within the last 4 years (no earlier than January 2017).

Beginning May 6, 2021 (and running until November 5th or until filled), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following 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

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