Six New Pathways Allowing 90,000 Canada PR

By Ella Bergquist April 15, 2021 (Updated September 21, 2021) 7 min. read
Six New Pathways

May 21 Update: Within one week of Canada’s new temporary PR pathways being open, the international student stream has reached its 40,000 application cap and over 10,000 healthcare/essential workers have applied for PR! Due to this turnout, Prime Minister Mendicino announced a possible plan to raise the application caps soon giving international students, healthcare workers, and essential workers the chance to apply for permanent residency. Stay tuned for more information!

Canada is allowing more than 90,000 temporary residents in Canada to become permanent residents in 2021 through six NEW immigration streams that will launch in May 2021. These new immigration pathways will be created to target three major groups: essential workers, international students, and French speakers. Canada aims to allow 20,000 healthcare workers, 30,000 essential workers, and 40,000 international graduates.

Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, announced the new programs on April 14th. He said that the pathways will launch on May 6th and accept applications until November 5th.

“The pandemic has shone a bright light on the incredible contributions of newcomers. These new policies will help those with temporary status to plan their future in Canada, play a key role in our economic recovery and help us build back better. Our message to them is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting—and we want you to stay.”

– The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Current Application Submission Updates

Application Processing: May 6th until Nov 15, 2021

Category# of Applications Accepted# of Applications Already Submitted
Essential Workers (Closed)30,00030,000
Healthcare Workers20,0004,582
International Graduates (Closed)40,00040,000
French-Speaking: HealthcareUnlimited122
French-Speaking: EssentialUnlimited1,390
French-Speaking: GraduatesUnlimited
Last Update: 9/21/2021

One New International Student Pathway Requirements

The newest PR pathway for international graduates has already met its application cap on May 7th, 2021, and is now currently closed.

The international student must:

  1. Have completed, prior to the date on which the application for permanent residence is received and no earlier than January 2017, a program of study at one of the following “Designated Learning Institutions” in Canada.
  2. Have been granted a degree, diploma, certificate or attestation on completion of a program that leads to a skilled trade.
  3. Have been authorized pursuant to the Act and Regulations to study throughout their education in Canada;
  4. Be employed in Canada with a valid permit or authorization to work pursuant to the Act and Regulations at the time the application for permanent residence is received and must not be self-employed.
  5. Have attained a level of proficiency of at least benchmark 5 in either official language for each of the four language skill areas.
  6. Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) and be physically present in Canada at the time the application for permanent residence is received and when the application is approved;
  7. Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
  8. Have submitted an application for permanent residence using the forms provided by the Department for this public policy.
  9. Have submitted their application for permanent residence under this public policy using electronic means.
  10. The foreign national is not inadmissible under the Act and Regulations.

Related Article: New PR Pathway for International Graduates

Three New French-Speaking Pathways

To promote Canada’s two official languages, thre new streams will be launched for French-speaking and bilingual candidates. Francophone communities are not growing at the rate Canada would like, so they are creating these paths to allow more french-speaking newcomers become Permanent Residents.

These six new pathways to permanent residency in Canada will encourage essential workers and international students to “put down roots” in Canada. They intend for these 90,000 people to build up the healthcare system and overall job market in Canada.

Two Essential Worker Pathways


The Canadian government is looking to invite 50,000 candidates between essential and healthcare workers to become permanent residents. Learn more about the requirements needed below!

Related Article: New PR Pathway for Healthcare and Essential Workers

Essential Healthcare Worker Pathway

3011Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
3012Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3111Specialist physicians
3112General practitioners and family physicians
3124Allied primary health practitioners
3125Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3132Dietitians and nutritionists
3141Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3143Occupational therapists
3144Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
3211Medical laboratory technologists
3212Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3214Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215Medical radiation technologists
3216Medical sonographers
3217Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
3219Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
3222Dental hygienists and dental therapists
3223Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3232Practitioners of natural healing
3233Licensed practical nurses
3234Paramedical occupations
3236Massage therapists
3237Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
3411Dental assistants
3413Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
3414Other assisting occupations in support of health services
4152Social workers
4153Family, marriage and other related counsellors
4165Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4212Social and community service workers
4412Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations

Essential Worker Pathway

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
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
NOC CodeOccupation
0821Managers in agriculture
0822Managers 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