Jul 31, 2019 – Canada has implemented a temporary public policy to offer a pathway to permanent residence for 500 out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area.
The policy is aimed at construction workers and their families who initially came to Canada on a temporary work permit, but lost their status.
“These construction workers have come to Canada and made contributions to its economy and currently have limited means to regularize their status,” an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada statement said.
The Temporary Public Policy for Out-of-Status Construction Workers in the GTA is also designed to help address labour shortages in the construction industry in the region.
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“This temporary initiative is a step forward to increase the protection of some of these construction workers and their families, while safeguarding Canada’s labour market and ensuring that Canada can retain the workers it needs to grow the economy and build communities,” IRCC said.
To be eligible under the policy, applicants must identify themselves to the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), who will then referee eligible candidates and their family members to IRCC.
Applications will open on the CLC website on September 3, 2019. IRCC will begin accepting applications referred by the CLC on January 2, 2020.
Eligibility Requirements: Temporary Public Policy for Out-of-Status Construction Workers in the GTA
- Foreign Nationals who either:
- Legally entered Canada as a temporary resident; and, previously received authorization to work in the construction industry; and,
- Provide proof of filing Canadian income tax returns or declaring income in Canada (400 principal applicants); or,
- Legally entered Canada as a temporary resident (100 principal applicants);
- Have continuously resided in Canada for at least five years on the date of their application;
- Are currently working without authorization in the construction industry in the GTA and have accumulated three years full-time work experience within the past five years in construction in the GTA in one of the following NOC codes:
- Major Group 72 Trades and Skilled Transport and Equipment Operators
- Major Group 73 maintenance and equipment operation trades
- NOC 7441: residential and commercial installers and servicers
- NOC 7521: heavy equipment operators (except crane)
- NOC 7611: construction trades helpers and labourers
- Have language ability at Canadian Language Benchmark 4 in all disciplines.
- Have family (mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or cousin) living in Canada who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or have a spouse, common-law partner or child in Canada;
- Have a referral letter signed by the Canadian Labour Congress attesting that the applicant meets the above conditions;
- Have not been deemed inadmissible for any reason other than overstaying their temporary resident status and working without authorization.
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