On April 14, 2021, Marco Mendicino, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced three new temporary streams for permanent residence for essential workers and international graduates who are already in Canada and contributing to the economy.
Two of the new streams apply to existing temporary workers in the health care sector and in other essential industries, and the third targets recent graduates from eligible Canadian post-secondary institutions. The policy will come into effect on May 6, 2021, and will end on November 5, 2021, or once the intake caps have been met.
With the senior population increasing each year and birth rates down overall, it is expected that there will be only 2 working-age people for every senior in Canada by 2035. This is down from nearly 7 working-age residents per senior in the early 1970’s. If the trend continues, the financial burden to pay for public services such as health care and pension income may become too great to bear for future generations.
Further, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant decrease in the number of immigrants Canada was able to welcome in 2020. Last year, Canada saw just 185,130 immigrants; over 45% fewer people than in the previous year. To remedy this, the federal government has set a goal of welcoming 401,000 permanent residents in 2021, and these new streams will be a significant contributor to reaching that goal.
Further, the pandemic and the strain on various industries across the country over the past year has clearly demonstrated the importance of temporary workers in essential fields such as health care, retail, construction and manufacturing. In recognition of this, the Minister said:
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.
Applicants will be eligible under three new streams, and must meet certain minimum criteria, including:
Specific criteria for each of the three streams is as follows (full eligibility details can be viewed by clicking on each of the streams below):
The IRCC has also created three additional streams for candidates who speak French or are bilingual, in order to contribute to Francophone minority communities in Canada. These streams and the eligibility criteria are similar to those set out above for essential workers and recent graduates, although there are no intake caps.
Family members of principal applicants under each of the new streams, whether the family is in Canada or abroad, may also be eligible for permanent residence status if they meet the following criteria:
If you are having trouble navigating the various options and requirements, Garson Immigration Law has the experience and knowledge necessary to help guide you through the process of immigrating to Canada.
Garson Immigration Law is a firm exclusively dedicated to the practice of immigration law. We will review your eligibility under the new streams for permanent residence and ensure you are positioned for success with respect to your application.
The immigration lawyers at Garson Immigration Law are continuing to monitor the immigration fallout in relation to COVID-19 on both sides of the border and will provide updates as the situation develops. If you have any questions about your potential classification as essential or about your options for immigration under changing public policy, do not hesitate to reach out to us online or by calling us at 416-321-2860.