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Six New Pathways Allowing 90,000 Canada PR

Canada is allowing more than 90,000 temporary residents in Canada to become permanent residents in 2021 through six NEW immigration streams that will launch in May 2021. These new immigration pathways will be created to target three major groups: essential workers, international students, and French speakers. Canada aims to allow 20,000 healthcare workers, 30,000 essential workers, and 40,000 international graduates.

Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, announced the new programs on April 14th. He said that the pathways will launch on May 6th and accept applications until November 5th.

“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

Two Essential Worker Pathways


Essential Healthcare Worker Pathway


NOC Occupation

3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors

3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

3111 Specialist physicians

3112 General practitioners and family physicians

3113 Dentists

3121 Optometrists

3122 Chiropractors

3124 Allied primary health practitioners

3125 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating

3131 Pharmacists

3132 Dietitians and nutritionists

3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

3142 Physiotherapists

3143 Occupational therapists

3144 Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment

3211 Medical laboratory technologists

3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants

3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

3215 Medical radiation technologists

3216 Medical sonographers

3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.

3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)

3221 Denturists

3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists

3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants

3231 Opticians

3232 Practitioners of natural healing

3233 Licensed practical nurses

3234 Paramedical occupations

3236 Massage therapists

3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

3411 Dental assistants

3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services

4151 Psychologists

4152 Social workers

4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors

4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers

4212 Social and community service workers

4412 Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations


Essential Worker Pathway


- Major Unit Group

66 – Sales support occupations

NOC Code/Occupation

6611 Cashiers

6621 Service station attendants

6622S tore shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers

6623 Other sales related occupations


72- Industrial, electrical and construction trades

7201 Contractors and supervisors, 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


74 – 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


75 – 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 track 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


76 – 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


86 – 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 Group

NOC Code/Occupation


151 – Mail and message distribution occupations

1511 Mail, postal and related workers

1512 Letter carriers

1513 Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors


642 – Retail salesperson


6421 Retail salespersons


673 – Cleaners


6731Light duty cleaners

6732 Specialized cleaners

6733 Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents


843 – Agriculture and horticulture workers


8431 General farm workers

8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers


844 – Other workers in fishing and trapping and hunting occupations


8441 Fishing vessel deckhands

8442 Trappers and hunters


946 – 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


NOC/CodeOccupation


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



The international student must:

  1. Have completed, prior to the date on which the application for permanent residence is received and no earlier than January 2017, a program of study at one of the following “Designated Learning Institutions” in Canada.

  2. Have been granted a degree, diploma, certificate or attestation on completion of a program that leads to a skilled trade.

  3. Have been authorized pursuant to the Act and Regulations to study throughout their education in Canada;

  4. Be employed in Canada with a valid permit or authorization to work pursuant to the Act and Regulations at the time the application for permanent residence is received and must not be self-employed.

  5. Have attained a level of proficiency of at least benchmark 5 in either official language for each of the four language skill areas.

  6. Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) and be physically present in Canada at the time the application for permanent residence is received and when the application is approved;

  7. Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;

  8. Have submitted an application for permanent residence using the forms provided by the Department for this public policy.

  9. Have submitted their application for permanent residence under this public policy using electronic means.

  10. The foreign national is not inadmissible under the Act and Regulations.

Three New French-Speaking Pathways

To promote Canada’s two official languages, thre new streams will be launched for French-speaking and bilingual candidates. Francophone communities are not growing at the rate Canada would like, so they are creating these paths to allow more french-speaking newcomers become Permanent Residents.

These six new pathways to permanent residency in Canada will encourage essential workers and international students to “put down roots” in Canada. They intend for these 90,000 people to build up the healthcare system and overall job market in Canada.


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