Canada’s immigration minister tables plan to allow more temporary residents to become permanent residents
The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled a strategy to expand pathways to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers and international students in accordance with motion 44.
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The Private Member’s Motion M-44, passed in the House of Commons on May 11, 2022, called on the Government to publicly release a plan to expand economic immigration pathways. In that way, workers at all skill levels can access permanent residency.
On September 20, 2022, during routine proceedings, Fraser tabled a plan to expand transitions to permanent residency for foreign workers and international students.
Strategy to expand transitions to Permanent Residency
The plan offers a five-pillar approach that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will take to achieve its objective:
The government will use the existing 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan to provide Canada with a larger, permanent labour supply. Canada is expecting to welcome a record 431,645 newcomers this year.
The government will also reform the Express Entry system to allow IRCC to invite candidates based on an economic goal. “These changes will allow the Minister to respond to labour market needs and regional economic priorities,” said IRCC’s news release.
The Department will also review the Comprehensive Ranking System criteria under Express Entry. Particularly points awarded for Canadian work experience and education, language proficiency, and a job offer.
It involves the government making the following improvements to permanent economic immigration programs:
- adopting the latest version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021. This NOC expands eligibility to certain in-demand occupations;
- improving newcomers’ access to information;
- introducing improvements to pilot programs to support permanent residency pathways for caregivers and agri-food workers.
IRCC will support communities in attracting and retaining newcomers, including through Francophone immigration. In addition, a new Municipal Nominee Program is being developed to help municipalities attract and retain newcomers to address their local labour needs. The government is also continuing to work with provinces, territories, and Canadian employers on pathways to permanent residency, such as the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
The Government is increasing processing capacity, improving client experience and modernizing the immigration system through technological improvements. These initiatives are focused on ensuring newcomers are welcomed to Canada as permanent residents as quickly as possible.
Most of the measures mentioned in the strategy are not new and are already being established. However, according to the plan to expand transitions to Permanent Residency, “these pillars will complement the existing provincial and territorial tools that allow them to independently select candidates to meet their specific regional needs, across all skill levels”.
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