New (Temporary) Immigration Pathway for 90,000 applicants!

A new, temporary immigration pathway has been introduced by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada to support essential workers as well as achieving the immigration target levels for 2021. This initiative will help 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are currently inside Canada to apply for Canadian permanent residency.

A pathway to help frontline workers, and build a better future…

These special public policies will grant permanent status to temporary workers and international graduates who are already in Canada and who possess the skills and experience we need to fight the pandemic and accelerate our economic recovery.

The main focus of this new pathway is the foreign nationals who are currently working in healthcare institutions and are part of the frontline workers in essential sectors. This program also aims at international graduates who are driving the economy of tomorrow.


Who are eligible?

To be eligible, workers must have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience in a healthcare profession or another pre-approved essential occupation. International graduates must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last 4 years and no earlier than January 2017.

Graduates and workers must have proficiency equal to CLB 4 in one of Canada’s official languages; meet general admissibility requirements; and be present in Canada. Workers must also be authorized to work and working in Canada at the time of their application to qualify.

Starting May 6, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following 3 streams:

  • 20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care (Stream A)
  • 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations (Stream B)
  • 40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution

The streams will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until they have reached their limit. Up to 90,000 new permanent residents will be admitted under these 3 streams.


What about Francophones?

To promote Canada’s official languages, 3 additional streams with no intake caps have also been launched for French-speaking or bilingual candidates. Communities across Canada benefit from French-speaking and bilingual newcomers, and this pathway will contribute to the vitality of these Francophone minority communities.

These public policies apply to workers in 40 healthcare occupations, as well as 95 other essential jobs across a range of fields, like caregiving and food production and distribution.


The full list of these occupations for streams A and B


Eligible health care occupations include all broad occupational category 3 occupations (Health occupations) from the National Occupational Classification (NOC) with the exception of Veterinarians (NOC 3114) and Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians (NOC 3213). Five occupations from broad occupational category 4 (Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services) are also eligible occupations.

Eligible Occupations:

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



1. Major Unit Groups  
Major Unit GroupNOC CodeOccupation
66 – Sales support occupations6611Cashiers
 6621Service station attendants
 6622Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
 6623Other sales related occupations
72- Industrial, electrical and construction trades7201Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
 7202Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
 7203Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
 7204Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
 7205Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
 7231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
 7232Tool and die makers
 7233Sheet metal workers
 7235Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
 7237Welders and related machine operators
 7241Electricians (except industrial and power system)
 7242Industrial electricians
 7243Power system electricians
 7244Electrical power line and cable workers
 7245Telecommunications line and cable workers
 7246Telecommunications installation and repair workers
 7247Cable television service and maintenance technicians
 7252Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
 7253Gas fitters
 7282Concrete finishers
 7284Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
 7291Roofers and shinglers
 7294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
 7295Floor covering installers
74 – Other installers, repairers and servicers and material handlers7441Residential and commercial installers and servicers
 7442Waterworks and gas maintenance workers
 7444Pest controllers and fumigators
 7445Other repairers and servicers
 7451Longshore workers
 7452Material handlers
75 – Transport and heavy equipment operation and related maintenance occupations7511Transport truck drivers
 7512Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
 7513Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
 7514Delivery and courier service drivers
 7521Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
 7522Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers
 7531Railway yard and track maintenance workers
 7532Water transport deck and engine room crew
 7533Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations
 7534Air transport ramp attendants
 7535Other automotive mechanical installers and servicers
76 – Trades helpers, construction labourers and related occupations7611Construction trades helpers and labourers
 7612Other trades helpers and labourers
 7621Public works and maintenance labourers
 7622Railway and motor transport labourers
86 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers8611Harvesting labourers
 8612Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
 8613Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
 8614Mine labourers
 8615Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers
 8616Logging and forestry labourers
2. Minor Unit Groups  
Minor Unit GroupNOC CodeOccupation
151 – Mail and message distribution occupations1511Mail, postal and related workers
 1512Letter carriers
 1513Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors
642 – Retail salesperson6421Retail salespersons
673 – Cleaners6731Light duty cleaners
 6732Specialized cleaners
 6733Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents
843 – Agriculture and horticulture workers8431General farm workers
 8432Nursery and greenhouse workers
844 – Other workers in fishing and trapping and hunting occupations8441Fishing vessel deckhands
 8442Trappers and hunters
946 – Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and associated products processing9461Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
 9462Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
 9463Fish and seafood plant workers
 9465Testers and graders, food and beverage processing
3. Specific 4 digit unit groups 
NOC CodeOccupation
821Managers in agriculture
822Managers in horticulture
4031French and French Immersion Secondary school teachers (language of instruction must be French)
4032French and French Immersion Elementary school and kindergarten teachers (language of instruction must be French)
4411Home child care providers
4413Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
6331Retail butchers
6523Airline ticket and service agents
6524Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives and related clerks
6541Security guards and related security service occupations
6551Customer services representatives – financial institutions
6552Other customer and information services representatives
8252Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
8255Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
9617Labourers in food and beverage processing
9618Labourers in fish and seafood processing

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