New Immigration Programs

14 April, 2021

New Immigration Programs

"We want you to stay."

These were the words of Canada's immigration minister today as he announced six entirely new immigration programs aimed at temporary workers and graduates already in Canada.

The new programs target workers in  health care occupations and other essential occupations, international students, and French speakers.

More than 90,000 temporary residents in Canada will have the opportunity to become permanent residents this year through six new immigration pathways set to launch in May. These new Canadian immigration pathways will target essential workers, international students, and French speakers. These new immigration programs further Canada’s initiative to help more temporary residents in Canada to remain in the country permanently. 

The new programs were announced on April 14th by Marco Mendicino, Canada’s immigration minister. The new pathways will launch on May 6 and will accept applications until November 5, 2021, or until the program quota is reached. The new pathways are deemed “temporary public policies,” which suggests that they may not be permanent fixtures in the landscape of immigration — although an extension is always possible. 

Essential workers, who have been critical to Canada’s ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be eligible to apply through two different streams: one for temporary workers in 40 health care occupations — which has a quota of 20,000, and one for temporary workers in 95 other essential services occupations — which has a quota of 30,000. 

Occupations for each stream are available here:

Sales and support occupations

  • 6611 Cashiers

  • 6621 Service station attendants

  • 6622 Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers

  • 6623 Other sales related occupations

Industrial, electrical and construction trades

  • 7201 Contractors and supervisor, 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

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

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 truck 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

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

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

Mail and message distribution occupations

  • 1511 Mail, postal and related workers

  • 1512 Letter carriers

  • 1513 Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors

Retail salesperson

  • 6421 Retail salespersons


  • 6731 Light duty cleaners

  • 6732 Specialized cleaners

  • 6733 Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents

Agriculture and horticulture workers

  • 8431 General farm workers

  • 8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers

Other workers in fishing and trapping and hunting occupations

  • 8441 Fishing vessel deckhands

  • 8442 Trappers and hunters

Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and associated products processing

  • 9461 Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing

  • 9462 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

  • 9463 Fish and seafood plant workers

  • 9465 Testers and graders, food and beverage 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

Workers will need to have at least one year of Canadian work experience in an eligible occupation, be currently employed in Canada, and intend to reside outside the province of Quebec. As well, workers must demonstrate English- or French-language proficiency equal to or higher than Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 4 (CLB 4), a lower threshold than most other economic Canadian immigration programs. Notably, French-language speakers will be eligible to apply through their own distinct pathways — identical in every way, but exempt from the quotas.

International graduates from Canadian post-secondary schools will be able to apply through a new pathway that will accept 40,000 applicants. To be eligible, international students must have graduated from a Canadian university or college within the four years prior to applying (not having graduated before January, 2017). Applicants must be currently employed in Canada and intend to reside outside the province of Quebec.

International students will need to demonstrate English- or French-language proficiency equal to or higher than Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 5 (CLB 5). Notably, French-language speakers will be eligible to apply through their own distinct pathway — identical in every way, but exempt from the quota.


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This public policy takes effect on May 6, 2021 and will end on November 5, 2021 or as soon as the applicable flow entry limit.

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