The Canadian government is aiming for growth of jobs in the middle-class category and filling the long-term labour market needs in Canada. On March 12, 2019, the Minister has announced the allocation of additional 2000 spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program for the temporary foreign workers expanding pathways for them to obtain the permanent residence in Canada. People employed in the intermediate skill level (National Occupation Code “NOC”- C) will get more opportunities to settle in Canada, overcoming worker’s vulnerabilities.
While addressing an important concern, the government assured that these additional spaces will not impede IRCC’s progress in cutting down the processing times overall for the Provincial Nominee Program.
These additional spaces under the PNP complement other immigration programs including the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.
“Temporary foreign workers fill long-term labour market needs and contribute to the growth of our economy. We recognize the need to provide opportunities for them to transition to permanent residence – and these additional spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program will do just that.”
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
The Canadian provinces and territories, under the Provincial Nominee Programs, are permitted to nominate individuals who are willing to immigrate to Canada and express their interest to settle in that province. The provinces and territories to suit its needs, have designed a unique set of immigration streams under the Provincial Nominee Program.
The National Occupational Classification 2016 system is used to classify jobs (occupations). The classification is based on the type of job duties and the duties actually performed by the person. For immigration purposes, there are 5 main job groups, such as Skill Type 0, A, B, C, D.
The skill level C is comprised of intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training, such as:
- Industrial butchers
- Long-haul truck drivers
- Food and beverage servers
As such, there is no update on how the allocation will be done among the provinces. To be nominated by a province or territory, you must follow the instructions on their website and contact them directly:
The criteria by province and territory vary and can change without notice.
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