The program is aimed at the construction workers who have come to Canada with valid immigration status but lost their status. On September 3, 2019, the Canadian Labor Congress will commence accepting the applications from the out-of-status workers who are seeking Canadian Permanent Residence.
According to Immigration, Refugee and Citizen Canada (IRCC), the constructional workers and their families will be issued permanent resident status via a new program in association with the Canadian Labor Congress. The program was officially announced earlier in July 2019, with full details unveiled on July 26, 2019. The opportunity for the out-of-status workers is designed to help fulfill the shortages occurred in the labor industry in the Toronto region.
“The program is a temporary initiative to protect the workers’ family and to safeguard Canada’s labor market as well, thus ensuring that Canada will strengthen its economy by retaining the workers and build a strong community” – said IRCC.
Overall, the program is eligible for 500 applications. Of the 500 applicants, 100 will be those who are out-of-status construction immigrants who were a temporary resident of Canada but never granted as an authorized worker.
Family members who are a Canadian citizen, resident, father, mother, brother, sister, children, aunt, niece, nephew or cousin or common-law partner are also eligible to apply for permanent residence. Besides, in order to be eligible for the program, applicants should also meet the following criteria:
- Stepped into Canada legally
- Living in Canada for the past five years
- Worked in the construction sector in the Greater Toronto area
- Need to provide proof of CLB level 4 in English or French language
- Have a referral letter signature by CLC
The following occupations are valid for the program:
- Major group of 72 – Trades and skilled transport and equipment operators
- Major group of 73 – Maintenance and equipment operation trades
- NOC 7441 – Residential and Commercial Installers and Services
- NOC 7521 – Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane Operators)
- NOC 7611 – Construction Trade Helpers and Laborers
Status in Canada
Workers must be foreign nationals who either:
- Entered Canada as a temporary resident and proof of filing Canadian income tax returns
- Entered Canada a temporary resident and never held work authorization
Workers must be currently working without authorization in the construction sector in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for at least three years of full-time experience.
The GTA region includes – City of Toronto, Durham Region, Halton Region, Peel Region, York Region.
The ones who have previously filed refugee claims and failed refugee claimants are not eligible to apply for the same.
The application will be open on the official website of the Canadian Labor Congress (CLC) by September 3, 2019. The IRCC will commence accepting the applications referred by CLC on January 2, 2020.
Note: Applications will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.