"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: