Guelph, ON – The IRCC has announced that on May 6th, 2021 a new pathway to permanent residency opens up, allowing 90,000 applications under 3 streams:

  1. 20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care;
  2. 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations;
  3. 40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution.

Designed to help boost support in the fight against the pandemic and aid in the economic recovery, the new stream is designed for those who are already living in Canada, and who currently have the proper skills and experience required.

Ideal candidates will be those working in hospitals, long-term care units, front line workers in other essential sectors, plus international graduates.


  • 1 year of Canadian work experience in a healthcare role or other approved essential occupations (up to 95!). For further details refer to IRCC website and search “Annex B – Other Eligible Essential Occupations”.
  • International graduates to have completed a post-secondary program in the past 4 years from a Canadian institution, and no earlier than January 2017.

The streams to remain open until November 5th, 2021 or could close earlier if the 90,000 target is reached.