Canada has long been known for its welcoming stance towards refugees and displaced persons, offering them a chance to start a new life in a safe and prosperous country. In line with this commitment, the Canadian government, under the leadership of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Minister Sean Fraser, has announced a new immigration pathway that aims to connect employers in Canada with skilled refugees and displaced persons, providing them with an opportunity to contribute to the country’s workforce and economy.
This new pathway will be available under the federal Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP), which is set to launch this summer, according to the latest information available on the IRCC website. The EMPP is designed to help Canadian employers hire skilled refugees and other displaced persons by pairing them with employers who need to overcome labour shortages in key occupations.
The new pathway launching this summer will create more opportunities for employers to address in-demand jobs in Canada. These jobs include nurse aids, personal support workers, long-term care aids, software engineers, web designers, mechanical and electrical engineers and technicians, teachers, tourism and hospitality workers, and truck and delivery service drivers. This opens up a wide range of job opportunities for refugees and displaced persons with relevant skills and experience, allowing them to contribute to the Canadian workforce and society.
Over the next few years, Canada has plans to expand the EMPP and welcome 2,000 qualified refugees and displaced persons to fill labour shortages through this pilot program. This demonstrates Canada’s commitment to utilizing the skills and talents of refugees and displaced persons to address the country’s labour market needs and promote economic growth.
The introduction of this new immigration pathway is part of Canada’s broader efforts to address labour shortages and meet its ambitious immigration targets. As per the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, Canada aims to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023, with targets set to rise to 485,000 immigrants in 2024 and 500,000 immigrants in 2025. These record levels of immigration numbers, combined with increasing foreign student and worker admissions, have resulted in Canada’s population growing by over one million people for the first time in history last year.
Canada currently offers more than 100 different economic class immigration pathways, including the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and the Express Entry system, which are the leading pathways for economic class immigration. The PNP enables provinces and territories to identify candidates who meet their local economic needs, while the Express Entry system is a federal pathway that manages the applications of skilled workers seeking permanent residence in Canada. Both of these pathways have been seeing significant activity in recent times, with several provinces announcing their latest PNP results and IRCC holding major Express Entry draws to invite candidates to apply for permanent residence.
The new immigration pathway under the EMPP is expected to provide employers in Canada with even more opportunities to address labour shortages and recruit skilled workers from the pool of talented refugees and displaced persons. This not only allows Canada to welcome vulnerable individuals and offer them a chance to rebuild their lives but also provides employers with the opportunity to recruit and retain employees with the skills they need to support the economic growth of Canada.
Canada’s Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot is set to open new doors for refugees and displaced persons, providing them with an opportunity to contribute to the Canadian workforce and economy. This new pathway, set to launch this summer, will create more opportunities for employers to address labour shortages in key occupations and welcome skilled refugees and displaced persons to fill these gaps. As Canada continues to pursue its ambitious immigration targets, this pilot program demonstrates the country’s commitment to utilizing the skills and talents of refugees and displaced persons to support its economic growth and foster a diverse and inclusive society.