Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway – Public Policy Permanent Residency Application (Stream B)
On April 14th, 2021 IRCC announced that they were implementing several public policies which will allow essential workers and recent graduates in Canada to apply for permanent residency. The public policies have been created in order to meet Canada’s immigration target and support Canada’s essential workers during this global pandemic. IRCC has announced that they will be accepting 90,000 applications to applicants who meet the eligibility criteria.
What is Stream B?
Stream B is one of the six pathways to permanent residency under the new public policy measures called the Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway. This stream is targeted towards applicants who are currently in Canada working in occupations in essential industries such as retail, agriculture, trades, service, transport to mention a few. Applicants can also use experience they have gained in a medical occupation listed under Stream A. The program has minimum eligibility requirements including one year of work experience in an eligible essential occupation designated by IRCC.
Am I eligible?
In order to meet the minimum eligibility requirements, you must meet the following criteria
- You have worked for one year in Canada full-time (30 hours per week) or the equivalent in part-time in one or more of the listed occupations below and the occupations listed under Stream A. See chart below.
- You are currently in Canada with valid status or are eligible to restore your status at the time your application is submitted AND at the time a decision is made on your application.
- You are employed in ANY occupation at the time you submit your Public Policy PR application.
- You have taken a language proficiency exam within the last 2 years and scored the equivalent of a CLB 4 or higher.
- You or your family members are not inadmissible to Canada.
|66 – Sales support occupations|
|6611 Cashiers||6621 Service station attendants||6622 Store shelf stockers, clerks and other fillers||6623 Other sales related occupations|
|72 – Industrial, electrical and construction trades|
|7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations||7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations||7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades|
|7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades||7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers||7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors|
|7232 tool and die makers||7233 Sheet metal workers||7234 Boilermakers|
|7235 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters||7236 Ironworkers||7237 Welders and related machine operators|
|7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)||7242 Industrial electricians||7243 Power system electricians|
|7244 Electrical power line and cable workers||7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers||7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers|
|7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians||7251 Plumbers||7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers|
|7253 Gas fitters||7271 Carpenters||7272 Cabinetmakers|
|7281 Bricklayers||7282 Concrete finishers||7283 Tilesetters|
|7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers||7291 Roofers and shinglers||7292 Glaziers|
|7293 Insulators||7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)||7295 Floor covering installers|
|74 – Other installers, repairers and servicers and material handlers|
|7441 Residential and commercial installers and servicers||7442 Waterworks and gas maintenance workers||7444 Pest controllers and fumigators|
|7445 Other repairers and servicers||7451 Longshore workers||7452 Material handlers|
|75 – Transport and heavy equipment operation and related maintenance occupations|
|7511 Transport truck drivers||7512 Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators||7513 Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs|
|7514 Delivery and courier service drivers||7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane)||7522 Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers|
|7531 Railway yard and track maintenance workers||7532 Water transport deck and engine room crew||7533 Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations|
|7534 Air transport ramp attendants||7535 Other automotive mechanical installers and servicers|
|76 – Trades helpers, construction labourers and related occupations|
|7611 Construction trades helpers and labourers||7612 Other trades helpers and labourers|
|7621 Public works and maintenance labourers||7622 Railway and motor transport labourers|
|86 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers|
|8611 Harvesting labourers||8612 Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers||8613 Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers|
|8614 Mine labourers||8615 Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers||8616 Logging and forestry labourers|
|151 – Mail and message distribution occupations|
|1511 Mail, postal and related workers||1512 Letter carriers||1512 Couriers, messengers, and door-to-door distributors|
|642 – Retail salesperson|
|6421 Retail salespersons|
|673 – Cleaners|
|6731 Light duty cleaners||6732 Specialized cleaners||6733 Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents|
|843 – Agriculture and horticulture workers|
|8431 General farm workers||8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers|
|844 – Other workers in fishing and trapping and hunting occupations|
|8441 Fishing vessel deckhands||8442 Trappers and hunters|
|946 – Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and associated products processing|
|9461 Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing||9462 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers|
|9463 Fish and seafood plant workers||9465 Testers and graders, food and beverage processing|
Individual Eligible Occupations
|0821 Managers in agriculture||0822 Managers in horticulture||4031 French and French Immersion Secondary school teachers (language of instruction must be French)|
|4032 French and French Immersion Elementary school and kindergarten teachers (language of instruction must be French)||4411 Home child care providers||4413 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants|
|6331 Retail butchers||6523 Airline ticket and service agents||6524 Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives and related clerks|
|6541 Security guards and related security service occupations||6551 Customer services representatives – financial institutions||6552 Other customer and information services representatives|
|8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers||8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services||9617 Labourers in food and beverage processing
|9618 Labourers in fish and seafood processing|
Any work experience gained under one of the eligible medical occupations can also be used in combination with any of the occupation listed above as long as the work experience was gained within the last 3 years from the date you submit your application. For a list of the medical occupations please click the button below.
Is self-employed work experience eligible?
No, self-employed work cannot not be used as eligible experience unless medical doctor in a fee-for-service arrangement with a health authority;
What is the processing time for this application?
IRCC has not released any information regarding the processing times however it is estimated that it will be between one to two years.
What is the minimum language score required to apply?
In order to be eligible, you must score the equivalent of a CLB 4 or higher in all four language abilities. The two recognized language tests are CELPIP and IELTS. You must take the General exam.
|Equivalency Chart||Speaking (CLB 4)||Listening (CLB 4)||Writing (CLB 4)||Reading (CLB 4)|
Will I be eligible to apply for a work permit while I wait on my Public Policy PR application?
IRCC have not announced any kind of bridging open work permit however more information is expected closer to the opening of the program.
How do I apply for PR under the public policy?
IRCC has stated that the application will be submitted online. We anticipate that the application will more than likely be submitted through your “My CIC” portal. More information will be released closer to the opening of the program.
How many applications will IRCC be accepting?
Under Stream B of the Essential worker English language category IRCC will be accepting 30,000 applications.
When will the program open?
The program is scheduled to open on May 6th, 2021.
Will this program be permanent? When will it close?
No, this public policy is only being introduced in light of the pandemic in an effort to ensure that all essential workers can continue to work in Canada and apply for permanent residency. The program will remain open until November 5th, 2021 OR until they have received 20,000 applications, whichever comes first.
Can I include my spouse or common-law partner and dependent children in my application?
Yes, you can include your spouse, common-law partner and dependent children whether they are currently in Canada with you or are overseas. Please note that they must meet certain eligibility criteria in order to be included in your application.
Is this part of Express Entry? Do I need CRS points to apply?
No, this public policy is completely separate from Express Entry and is not based on a points system. Unlike Express Entry, as soon as you meet the minimum eligibility requirement you can submit your application for permanent residency rather than having to wait for an invitation to apply.
Do I need Settlement funds to apply under the public policy PR stream?
No, there is no requirement to have settlement funds to be eligible to apply.
Do I need education to apply under this stream?
Although there is no requirement to provide education documents or apply for an Education Credential Evaluation (ECA) to apply for permanent residency, if but not all of the listed occupations require education and licensing in order to work including the medical sector.
Does my work needs to be consecutive? Can I have gaps in employment?
Your work experience does not need to be consecutive and there can be gaps in employment. So even if you were temporarily or permanently laid off due to Covid-19 you can still use this work experience as long as it all has taken place in the last 3 years before you submit your application.
Example: Please see John’s timeline below
Aug 2019 – March 2020 – John worked full-time (30 hours) as a labourer.
March 2020 – July 2020 – John was laid off to the lockdown and was receiving CERB as he was unemployed.
July 2020 – April 2021 – John got a new job as a painter and works 30 plus hours per week.
John meets the requirements,
Can I use different periods of employment to make up the one year of full-time work experience in order to apply for the Public Policy Permanent residency?
Yes – in order to meet the eligibility criteria, you must have one year of full-time work experience in Canada within the 3 years from when you submit your application in one or more of the eligible medical occupations.
Example 1: Margaret has been employed as a Cashier (6611) at Shoppers Drugmart for 12 months. During this time, she worked 30 plus hours per week and all of her work experience has taken place within the last 3 years from the date she intends to submit her application. Margaret’s work experience meets the minimum eligibility criteria.
Example 2: Conor was employed as a carpenter helper ( NOC 7611 ) in Toronto from December 2018 until July 2019 (7 months) at 30 plus hours per week. He was then promoted assumed the duties and responsibilities as a Carpenter beginning November 2019 until April 2020 (6 months). Conor has 6 months of full-time work experience an eligible occupation and another 7 months of full-time work experience in a different occupation which is also eligible. In total he has 13 months of work experience in eligible occupation therefore, Conor work experience meets the minimum eligibility criteria.
Example 3: James came to Canada in March 2020 and immediately began working as a construction labourer (NOC 7611). He worked 30 plus hours per week and left his job in January 2021. That same month was hired as an orderly (3413) at Sick Kids Hospital and currently employed there working 30 plus hours per week. James’ experience as a laborer is an eligible occupation (10 months) AND James’ current occupation is listed as an eligible medical occupation (4 months) therefore, James’ meets the work experience requirement.
(Note: It is not a requirement to be employed in the eligible occupation you are applying under however it is a requirement that you are currently employed in any occupation.)
I am working in one of the eligible occupations, however I do not yet have one year of experience in Canada, what can I do?
There may be other options for you to apply such as having completed a diploma, degree or certificate in Canada after January 2017. Please contact us to find other options to apply for permanent Residency.
My occupation is not one of the eligible occupations under streams A or B and I do not have Canadian education, what are my options?
Remember, there are lots of other options to apply for permanent residency and furthermore, now there are 90,000 applicants who will no longer be applying under the regular stream which hopefully make it easier to apply through another immigration category. Please contact us to find out which options are available to you.
What are the fees for this application?
First, we will assess that you meet the minimum eligibility requirements in order to apply. Once we have determined that you are eligible to apply, we will charge a professional fee of $2500 to $3500+HST based on your circumstances to prepare and submit your application. We will counsel you through the entire process and provide updates as to the progress of your application while you rest in the knowledge that your application is given the utmost priority by experienced professionals. Please note that there is an additional $500+HST for accompanying family member include in the application. The professional fee does not include government fees which need to be paid separately.
How much will DFI charge to review my Public Policy PR application?
We will charge a professional fee of $695 to review your Public Policy PR application. Your application will be thoroughly reviewed by one of our licensed Canadian Immigration Consultants. They will assess your application to ensure that you meet the minimum eligibility requirements and have the necessary supporting documents. They will also ensure that your supporting document meet the mandatory requirements and that your application is complete. After the consultant has reviewed your application you will then meet (online) and they will advise you on any required changes and answer any questions or concerns you have before you submit. You will be able to submit your application with the peace of mind that it has been reviewed by a professional.
Please note that there is an added fee of $150 per accompanying family member listed on your application for review of your public policy PR application.