The new streams are open to 90,000 essential workers and international graduates, as well as an unlimited amount of French-speaking individuals. The streams will welcome applications until November 5, 2021, or until the intake quotas are met, whichever comes first.
Three of the streams would be aimed at French-speaking health care professionals and other essential workers, as well as French-speaking International graduates. There is no consumption limit on these sources.
The remaining three streams are accessible to everyone. Via these channels, Canada intends to welcome 20,000 health care employees, 30,000 essential workers in other professions, and 40,000 International graduates.
Canada has set lofty immigration goals for 2021 and beyond. In 2021, the government expects to accept 401,000 new permanent immigrants. This lofty goal is part of an attempt to compensate for a shortage of new permanent residents in 2020, as well as to aid the country’s post-pandemic economic recovery.
Candidates who have been accepted for permanent residency but remain outside of Canada are currently unable to fly to Canada due to travel restrictions. The creation of six additional immigration sources demonstrates that, amid this, Canada remains dedicated to meeting its immigration goals by focusing on immigrants who are already in the country.
How can workers be eligible?
Essential workers including health care workers need to have at least one year of full-time work experience (or the part-time equivalent) in an eligible occupation within the last three years. Eligible health care occupations (Annex A), and other essential occupations (Annex B) can be found here
Candidates must be employed in some profession and have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 4 or higher in either English or French.
Furthermore, applicants must be lawfully residing in Canada and wish to reside outside of Quebec. Candidates must not be barred from entering Canada for medical or illegal purposes.
How can international graduates be eligible?
International graduates must have graduated from a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI) no earlier than January 2017. They must have received an educational credential upon graduation. This can be a university degree, a college diploma, a credential from a trade, technical school, or Quebec CEGEP.
Candidates must be currently working in Canada in any occupation at the time of application. They must have the authorization to work with a valid work or study permit. The language requirement is a CLB of 5 in English or in French.
Candidates must intend to live outside Quebec, and must not be deemed inadmissible to Canada for medical or criminal reasons.
How can French speakers be eligible?
French-speaking health care workers, workers of other essential occupations, and international graduates need to meet the same eligibility requirements as their counterparts.
However, for the language requirement, workers must have a fluent basic level of French in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This is a Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) of at least 4.
International graduates need to have an intermediate level of French in the four language skills, This is an NCLC of at least 5.