New pathway to residency for 90000 essential workers and graduates: Mendicino

Lawrence Kim
April 15, 2021

Earlier today, the Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a new pathway to permanent residence, targeting essential workers and worldwide graduates who are temporary residents in Canada. Effective May 6, 2021, over 90,000 current temporary residents considered essential workers - including customer service representatives at financial institutions - will be granted permanent residency following an application process, increasing their economic participation and integration into the Canadian economy.

"The pandemic has done us a service in the sense that we recognize, now, the value of these people's work", said University of Ottawa immigration law professor Jamie Chai Yun Liew.

"It has shone a bright light on the exceptional contributions of domestic temporary newcomers who are already in Canada".

These special public policies will grant permanent status to temporary workers and worldwide graduates who are already in Canada and who possess the skills and experience we need to fight the pandemic and accelerate our economic recovery.

The program announced Wednesday invites 20,000 health workers, 40,000 worldwide students and 30,000 "essential" workers from other sectors to apply for permanent residency.

The program opens on May 6 and runs until November 5.

"Our message to them is simple: Your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting - and we want you to stay", he added.

With Canada's borders closed and COVID-19 rampant, the target is tough to meet.

But advocates for the rights of migrants cautioned the policy change will help only a small portion of the people who live and work in Canada and don't have permanent immigration status.

"Each year, hundreds of thousands of people come to the country on temporary permits, many of whom can not get permanent residency".

"Today's announcement keeps that entire structure still in place".

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According to Statistics Canada, immigrants who previously held a work permit often report higher wages one year after becoming permanent residents.

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