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PR Pathway for French-Speaking Temporary Foreign Workers in Essential Occupations (Streams are now closed)

Last updated: 5 November 2021

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Between May 6 and November 5, 2021, Canada operated temporary immigration streams for French-speaking essential workers.

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    This pathway to permanent residence is aimed at foreign nationals who are proficient in French and have at least one year of Canadian work experience in an essential occupation. One of the goals of this pathway is the retention of French and French immersion teachers to address the shortage of French language teachers in Canada outside of Quebec. There is no intake cap for this pathway.

    This pathway was open between May 6, 2021, and November 5, 2021.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Criteria for principal applicants:

    • Have acquired at least one (1) year of full-time or equivalent part-time work experience in Canada in one or more of the eligible occupations within the 3 years preceding the application;
    • The year of work experience must be gained in one or more of the eligible occupations listed below:
      • Stream A: the one year of work experience must have been acquired in one or more occupations listed in Annex A. Experience cannot be combined with Annex B occupations.
      • Stream B: the one year of work experience must have been acquired in one or more occupations listed in Annex B, or in a combination of occupations in Annex A and B.
    • Be employed in Canada at the time of application;
    • Must not be self-employed unless working as a medical doctor in a fee-for-service with health authority.
    • NCLC of at least 4 in French for each of the four language skill areas;
    • Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
    • Have submitted an application for permanent residence using the forms provided by IRCC for PR pathway, including all the required proof that you meet the conditions of this program;
    • Have applied online.
    • Meet admissibility requirements

    Criteria for family members of principal applicants living in Canada:

    • Reside in Canada;
    • Be included as an accompanying family member in an application for permanent residence under this policy;
    • Meet the definition of a “family member”
      • The spouse or common-law partner of the principal applicant;
      • A dependent child of the principal applicant or the principal applicant’s spouse or common law partner;
      • A dependent child of a dependent child.
    • Meet admissibility requirements; and
    • Be approved by a delegated IRCC officer.

    Criteria for family members of principal applicants living outside Canada:

    • Be included as an accompanying family member in an application for permanent residence under this policy;
    • Meet the definition of a “family member”;
      • The spouse or common-law partner of the principal applicant;
      • A dependent child of the principal applicant or the principal applicant’s spouse or common law partner;
      • A dependent child of a dependent child
    • Meet admissibility requirements; and
    • Be approved by a delegated IRCC officer.

    These occupations are predominantly in healthcare, but do not include veterinary positions. Occupations are organized by NOC code.

    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

    The other essential occupations are organized in three units, and listed by NOC code under their broad occupational category.

    1. Major Unit Group

    Sales 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 supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related

    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 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

    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

    2. Minor Unit Group

    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

    3. 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

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