Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway Now Closed For Essential Workers

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On May 6th, 2021 The IRCC released a temporary fast-track route for permanent residency for essential, non-healthcare workers.  This pathway is now closed.


The government initially announced that they would be opening three new streams for temporary to permanent residency on April 14th, 2021.   This opportunity is targeted to temporary workers and graduates who are already in Canada.  This stream allows for 90,000 applicants that are existing workers and graduates.  The purpose of this pathway is to fast-track permanent residency applications.  The IRCC created this initiative to help them meet their immigration targets and to help assist in COVID-19 economic relief efforts.

In order to apply for the TR to PR pathway, you must fit into one of these categories:

  • A temporary worker in the healthcare industry.
  • A temporary worker in an essential occupation.
  • A recent graduate from a Canadian post-secondary institution.

The IRCC began accepting applications for all streams on March 6th, 2021.  The official end date for this opportunity is November 5th, 2021 or until the stream cap is met.  Each stream has a designated number of applications that the IRCC will review (90,000 in total).  Once the cap has been met (even if it is before the official close date), that stream will no longer be available.  It is important to note that the number of applications does not mean the number of people that will be able to gain PR.  It is a first-come-first-serve basis, and your application needs to be completed correctly in order to be approved.  If you need further clarification on this our help with your application, Immigrate is here to help.

The streams that applicants can apply for are:

  1. Workers in Canada: Health Care. This stream has a 20,000 application cap.
  2. Workers in Canada: Essential, non-health care. This stream has a 30,000 application cap.
  3. Recent international graduates from a Canadian institution. This stream has a 40,000 application cap.
  4. French-speaking workers in Canada: Health care. This stream does not have an application cap.
  5. French-speaking workers in Canada: essential, non healthcare. This stream does not have an application cap.
  6. French-speaking recent international graduates from a Canadian institution. This stream does not have an application cap.

There are many perks to this program.  These pathways allow for family members of the principal application to also receive permanent residency.  This includes spouses and dependent children.  Additionally, there is no cap to the french-speaking applicants.  This represents an ideal opportunity for families looking to make Canada their permanent home.

The highlights of the requirements for all of the streams are as follows:

  • Eligibility - you must be in Canada (outside of Quebec) with a valid status, be currently employed, meet or exceed the language requirements and have eligible work experience.
  • Language - The minimum language requirements are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) guidelines.  You must test at Level 4 or higher in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
  • Current Employment - You must be employed in Canada when you submit your application under a job that exists in the National Occupations Classification Website (NOC).   This essentially means you can’t be a volunteer or self-employed.
  • Work Experience - You need at least one full year of work experience (or the equivalent of 1,560 hours) within the last three years under a position as featured on the National Occupations Classification Website. 

The second and third streams are now closed.  The only english-speaking available stream is Workers in Canada: Health Care.  All French streams are still open (streams 4-6) as there is no application cap.  For help or clarification on if you apply for the open streams, book a consultation with our experts.


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