National Immigration Strategy for Canada

Temporary foreign workers in Canada will have an additional shot at expanding their avenues in making the country home. On March 12, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced 2000 additional spaces under Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

The additional 2,000 National Occupation Code C spaces are meant to provide a net increase in the number of Temporary Foreign Workers who transition to permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program.

For those who are not familiar with PNP, the program caters to workers who:

  1. possess skills, qualifications and work experience to contribute to a specific province/territory’s economy
  2. would like to live in that province
  3. wish to become permanent residents of Canada

Each province or territory goes by its own programs, targeting a specific demographic of potential candidates. Provinces and territories are responsible for designing, managing and evaluating their respective provincial nominee programs.

According to Hussen, temporary foreign workers fill long-term labour market needs and contribute to the growth of Canada’s economy. These additionals spaces will provide opportunities for them to transition to permanent residence.

These additional spaces are part of plans to create more opportunities for existing temporary foreign workers at the intermediate skill level (National Occupation Code C) to transition to permanent residence. It is also a means to help address worker vulnerability. What does this mean for temporary workers? It could bring about more opportunities for workers in Canada to have access to immigration pathways that are best fitted for their qualifications and experience.

These additional spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program complement other immigration programs, including the recently launched Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, as well as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. Additionally, the allocated spaces will not impede IRCC’s progress in decreasing processing times overall for the Provincial Nominee Program.