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PR Pathway for Temporary Foreign Workers in Essential Occupations

Last updated: 5 May 2021

Stay in Canada and apply for permanent residence immigration

Are you a temporary worker employed in a hospital, long-term care home or on the front lines of other essential sectors in Canada? 

If so, you could become one of the 20,000 health care workers or 30,000 essential workers to become a permanent resident in Canada. Find all the details on this CanadaVisa page.

Complete this form to find out if you are eligible for this pathway 



    Overview

    This limited-time pathway to permanent residency is for essential workers of all skill levels. Temporary residents who work in one of the listed occupations and who are applying from within Canada may have a chance to become one of the 20,000 healthcare workers, or 30,000 essential workers to get permanent residence through this new policy. Click here if you want to apply under the French-speaking essential worker stream.

    This pathway is open between May 6, 2021, and November 5, 2021, or until the intake caps are reached.


    Eligibility Criteria

    Criteria for principal applicants:

    • Have one year of full-time work experience, or the equivalent part time experience (1,560 hours) in Canada in an eligible occupation in the three years preceding the application date. There are two streams:
      • Stream A: For temporary residents with work experience in one of the health-related occupations listed in Annex A. Cannot be combined with Annex B occupations. See below for complete list.
      • Stream B: For temporary residents with work experience in one of the other essential occupations listed in Annex B. Can be combination of Annex A and B occupations. See below for complete list.
    • Be employed in Canada in any occupation at the time of application;
    • Cannot be self-employed unless working as a medical doctor in a fee-for-service with a health authority;
    • CLB of at least 4 in English or French in all language abilities;
    • Be living in Canada on valid temporary status, or be eligible for restoration of status;
    • Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
    • Have submitted an application using the appropriate forms provided by IRCC;
    • Apply online; and
    • 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.

      Eligible Occupations:

      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 groups

      Sales and support occupations


      6611 Cashiers
      6621 Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
      6622 Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
      6623 Other sales related occupations
      6621 Home support workers, housekeepers and 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

      2. 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

      Cleaners

      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


      Get a free eligibility assessment

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