Canada expands immigration  program for non-status construction workers in GTA

In order to assist Canadian employers in addressing crucial labor shortages, the Canadian government continues to implement innovative immigration procedures, such as establishing pathways for out-of-status workers.

A permanent residence pilot program for 500 out-of-status employees in the Greater Toronto Area’s construction industry was launched in 2019 by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in collaboration with the Canadian Labor Congress (CLC).

Building on the success of this program, Peter Fonseca, Member of Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville, and Julie Dzerowicz, Member of Parliament for Davenport, announced today on behalf of the Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship that IRCC is extending and expanding the pilot program , doubling its scope and included 1,000 out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area.

This program offers construction workers and their families a path to permanent residency so they can stay for an extended period of time. It recognizes the crucial role that construction workers play in the development and growth of our communities.

This program is just one of several fresh initiatives put in place to address the labor shortages in Canada by ensuring that we attract and keep the workers we need to expand the economy and strengthen our communities.

Those who qualify may submit a permanent residency application along with their spouses, partners, and dependent children up until January 2, 2024.

The CLC will continue to accept names of prospective applicants, who will then be evaluated by the CLC to see if they are eligible, after which the CLC will send them to the IRCC.

The Canadian government will consider the recommendations from discussions with academics, non-governmental organizations, provinces, and territories as we look for fresh and creative approaches to legalize the status of undocumented workers in Canada.