The Canadian government launched 6 new immigration streams for different groups of temporary foreign workers and international graduates on May 6, 2021. Canada’s immigration minister announced this decision on April 14, 2021, as a measure to ensure that Canada can achieve its immigration target of inviting almost 401,000 new immigrants in 2021.
These immigration streams will include pathways to permanent residency for essential workers in healthcare and other occupations, international graduates and Francophone or bilingual applicants. All immigration pathways except for French-speaking applicants will have a visa cap of 90,000 combined.
These new immigration streams will target 40 occupations in healthcare including doctors, nurses and various lower-level jobs like home support or home care workers. These streams will also target 95 other occupations considered essential by the Canadian government. An applicant must intend to reside outside the province of Quebec to be eligible for these streams. Quebec Immigration has its own system to nominate applicants for permanent residency in Canada.
What Are Canada’s 6 New Immigration Streams?
The following six new permanent residency (PR) pathways were introduced by the Canadian government:
- Two PR Pathways for Temporary Workers in Healthcare and Essential Non-Healthcare
- Two PR Pathway for Temporary Workers in French-Speaking Healthcare Workers and Essential Non-Healthcare
- Two PR Pathway for French-Speaking and Non-French-Speaking International Graduates
All immigration pathways mentioned above have a visa cap except the last three for French-speaking categories, which will continue accepting applications till November 5, 2021.
The PR pathway for essential workers in the healthcare stream will accept 20,000 applicants while the essential worker in other occupations streams will accept 30,000 applicants. The PR pathway for international graduates will accept 40,000 applicants. Therefore, a total of 90,000 applicants will be invited from these 3 streams.