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90,000 spots for permanent residency available

by Michael Scott

Last month Marco Mendicino, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced an innovate pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates of Canadian institutions who are all destined to contribute to the Canadian economy. This new public policy of the minister opened to application submissions on May 6, 2021.

Eligible applicants can submit their applications through the IRCC online portal if they have either a minimum of one year of Canadian work experience in a health care profession or in another essential occupation. Or they can apply as international student graduates who completed an eligible post-secondary program of studies in Canada within the last four years and not before January 2017.

Applications will be accepted until November 5, 2021 or until the stated application caps have been met. The targets include:

  • 20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care
  • 30,000 applications for temporary workers in selected essential occupations
  • 40,000 applications for international students who graduated from an eligible Canadian educational institution.

Under this public policy pathway, applicants must intend to reside in provinces other than Quebec to qualify. The initiative recognizes Canada’s need to retain educated and experienced workers to aid the country in an economic recovery from the pandemic. Many of the workers and graduates have already provided essential work in the fight against COVID-19 in the country and their efforts are acknowledged as part of the minister’s public policy change.

Minister Mendicino’s message to qualified applicants is straightforward, “With this new pathway, we are recognizing (your) key role in our economic recovery, allowing (you) to set down roots in Canada and help us build back better. Our message … is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting – and we want you to stay.”

The applications have been open since May 6, 2021, so you need to ensure that you submit an application as soon as you can. The application guidelines are available online including checklists, forms, and an application guide. It is important that applicants follow the online eligibility tool to confirm that they qualify and that their applications are complete before submission. Applicants must possess valid IELTS General or CELPIP General. In addition, applicants who have already completed an immigration medical exam (IME), can provide this information on their application.

You can start your individual application process by going through the pre-screening step provided by IRCC and the following application instructions. The process starts by a Google search of “Applications open tomorrow for new pathway to permanent residency for over 90,000 essential temporary workers and international graduates of a Canadian institution” or through the following website: Click on “resources are available online” and step #1 “check if you can apply.” If you are eligible, you will either end with “works in Canada: health care;” “works in Canada: essential non-health care;” or “recent international graduates from a Canadian institution.” Go through the steps outlined and you will access the related checklist and list of forms that require your application submission and provide you with guidance. The interactive application process is user friendly and displays the refinement in IRCC application submissions. It not only tells you if you qualify, but also, how to apply. If you are having problems with the process, you can check with IRCC sources or immigration lawyers and licensed consultants in the field to ensure you are eligible and to ensure that you do the correct thing.

Michael Scott is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC, R525678) who has 30 years of experience with Immigration Canada and the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. He currently works as a licensed consultant with Immigration Connexion International Ltd. Contact him at 204-691-1166 or 204-227-0292. E-mail:

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