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Additional 2000 spaces for Provincial Nominee Program


Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, delivered on a commitment to expand pathways for temporary foreign workers by allocating an additional 2,000 spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program.

Canada is committed to an immigration system that strengthens Canada’s economy and contributes to the growth of good middle-class jobs. “We are committed to providing foreign workers, in particular those filling long-term labour market needs and who have integrated into Canadian society, with more pathways to permanent residency,” said Hussen. 

These additional spaces will provide more opportunities for existing temporary foreign workers at the intermediate skill level (National Occupation Code C) to transition to permanent residence, and help to address worker vulnerability.

This fulfils the minister’s mandate commitment to further develop pathways to permanent residency so that eligible applicants are able to fully contribute to Canadian society. It means more opportunities for workers who are well established in Canada to access the economic immigration pathways that are the best fit for their qualifications.

These additional spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program complement other immigration programs, including the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and the recently launched Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, which can also help temporary foreign workers become permanent residents.

“Temporary foreign workers fill long-term labour market needs and contribute to the growth of our economy,” said Hussen. “We recognize the need to provide opportunities for them to transition to permanent residence – and these additional spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program will do just that.”

A few quick facts:

The additional 2,000 National Occupation Code C spaces are meant to provide a net increase in the number of Temporary Foreign Workers who transition to permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program.

The additional 2,000 spaces will help meet regional labour market needs in key sectors, as determined by provinces and territories.

The additional spaces will not impede IRCC’s progress in decreasing processing times overall for the Provincial Nominee Program.

Posted: May 1, 2019

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