Canada Gives Immigration Pathway To Construction Workers In Toronto Area -27th July, 2019

Canada Gives Immigration Pathway To Construction Workers In Toronto Area
From Sep 3, 2019, onwards the Labor Congress in Canada will commence to accept applications from construction workers who are out-of-status in the Greater Toronto Area but show an interest to become Canada Permanent Residents. The full details of the program were announced on July 26.  This temporary initiative will help 500 such workers engaged in construction, to submit the application, to get the Canada PR status available to persons employed in construction in the Greater Toronto Area.

Eligibility norms for the Immigration Pathway

In particular, the program has an aim to accept 500 principal applicants. Among these 100 spots are reserved for construction workers who are out-of-status and gained the admission to Canada in the capacity of temporary residents but did not receive the work authorization.

Family members of principal applicants like the common-law partners, spouse, dependent children residing in Canada, are eligible to apply and obtain the permanent resident status. The candidates need to meet all these eligibility criteria as per IRCC:

Canadian Status

Candidates must be overseas nationals who:

Entered Canada in the capacity of temporary residents and held the work authorization in the construction domain previously, besides having a proof of filing income tax returns in Canada or had declared income in Canada. This category will have 400 principal applicants; or,

Such persons, who entered Canada in the capacity of temporary residents, and did not hold the work authorization, in the construction industry.

 In both cases, the overseas citizens need to continuously reside in the country for five years before the submission of application.

Work Experience

These Candidates have to presently work without authorization in the construction industry in the GTA. They need three years work experience (full-time) in the industry, during the past five years.

The GTA area comprises of Toronto City, Durham/ Halton Regions, and Peel/York Regions.

Occupation

Previous/Current construction experience in one of these NOC codes:

  • Major Group 72 - Trade and Skilled Transport and Equipment Operator
  • Major Group 73 - Maintenance and Equipment Operation Trade
  • NOC 7441 - Residential /commercial installers and servicers
  • NOC 7521 - Heavy equipment operators other than crane
  • NOC 7611 - Construction trade helpers and Construction trade laborers
Proficiency in Language

These Candidates also have to show proficiency in English or French as per CLB Level 4.

Family Connections

Candidates must have in Canada:

A family member having the status of a Canadian PR, or citizen like parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews or cousins); or

Spouse, common-law partners, or children in Canada

Referral Letter from the Canadian Labor Congress

When the candidates meet the above mentioned criteria, they can get in touch with the Canadian Labor Congress after Sept 3, 2019, for applying to get the referral letter that is mandatory.

Other considerations

Candidates must ensure that they are admissible except for any other reason apart from overstaying their past visa and worked without proper authorization.

Applying process for this immigration pathway

There are two steps in the application process. The applications are accepted on basis of timing of arrival. After reaching the quota the pathway will directly close.

  • Apply to the Labor Congress in Canada for a referral letter, complete the application form, and have a thorough screening that is supervised by the CLC.
  • Applicants having the referral letter need to apply to IRCC to get the PR status. IRCC will accept applications from Jan 2, 2020, and the program will close on Jan 1, 2022, or at the time of filling the quota
Reason for introducing this immigration pathway
The reason for introduction of this program is a report forwarded to the government which described the vulnerabilities of out-of-status workers even after making an economic contribution to Canada. This states that the workers as well as the members of their family lived in fear, and their presence in the construction industry has lowered the wages for Canadian citizens.
The new pathway will protect these construction workers as well as their families, and safeguard the labor market. These construction workers came to Canada by using the legal pathways, but owing to the changes in some immigration programs lost their legal status to work. Finally the experts feel that this measure of the government is positive. The workers can now work without any fear, and their wages will improve besides benefiting the local workers also.

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