Canada announces TR to PR Pathway plan
On September 20, Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced new TR to PR pathway plan for international students and temporary foreign workers.
On May 11, 2022, the House of Commons mandated Fraser to come up with a new TR to PR pathway plan in 2022. Canada’s Immigration Levels 2022-2024 plan targets 1.3 million new permanent residents.
Canada aims to meet or exceed its immigration targets for 2022 and 2023. A new Canada TR to PR pathway plan for foreign skilled workers, and temporary workers and international students already in the country makes sense.
Each year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) releases a new Immigration Levels Plan which it uses to guide its operations.
Canada’s immigration levels plan guides Canada’s immigration system. It outlines the number of immigrants Canada will look to welcome under its various federal, provincial, and territorial programs. IRCC then regularly adjusts operations to attract, settle, integrate, and retain the targeted levels of newcomers.
Canada sets its immigration levels plan to strengthen the economy, reunite families, and help refugees.
New TR.to.PR Pathway plan highlights 5-pillar strategy
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser laid out the 5 pillars of the strategy to expand transitions from TR to PR.
Temporary foreign workers and international students play an important role in Canada’sStrategy to Expand Transitions to Permanent Residency
economy and that is why the Government aims to enable greater pathways to permanent
residency. Foreign workers help address the immediate workforce needs of different
employers, provide a wide range of skill levels and education backgrounds, and support
business development, innovation and productivity – all of which contribute to our country’s
economic recovery and growth. International students are a key source of talent that help grow
Canada’s labour force, boost productivity, and balance the impact from Canada’s aging
The strategy’s core focus is to help individuals transition from temporary to permanent residence by expanding or adjusting the existing pathways for temporary workers and international student graduates.
Fraser’s plan identifies five pillars of that are critical to successfully executing the strategy.
Pillar 1: Meeting and exceeding immigration level targets
Under Pillar 1 IRCC will use the increased immigration levels targets outlined in the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan to provide Canada with a larger, permanent labour supply. This pillar will increase opportunities for temporary workers to transition to permanent residence to help labour market shortages and fuel Canada’s post-pandemic economic growth.
Pillar 2: Express Entry system reform
Pillar 2 aims to reform the Express Entry system to allow the Minister to respond to labour market needs and regional economic priorities. The pillar will focus on selecting more candidates with specific attributes, such as in-Canada experience and being Francophone. Under this pillar, IRCC will also review the Comprehensive Ranking System criteria it uses to select candidates in the Express Entry pool. It will look to enhance CRS Score points awarded for Canadian work experience and education, language proficiency, and a job offer.
Pillar 3: High-demand occupations
The target of Pillar 3 will be helping essential workers in high-demand occupations to transition from temporary to permanent residence. The pillar includes improving newcomers’ access to information to ensure that they meet the necessary qualifications and connect them to federal and provincial or territorial immigration programs.
Pillar 4: Support for local communities
Pillar 4 will strengthen support for local communities in attracting and retaining newcomers, including through Francophone immigration. In addition IRCC is developing a new Municipal Nominee Program to help municipalities attract and retain newcomers to address their local labour needs. This pillar also includes innovative pathways to permanent residence through the Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNP). PNPs enable provinces and territories the flexibility to adapt and evolve their immigration streams to meet their individual labour market needs.
Pillar 5: Modernizing Canada’s Immigration System
Lastly, under Pillar 5, IRCC is increasing processing capacity, improving client experience and modernizing Canada’s immigration system through technological improvements. The goal is to ensure that newcomers can transition to permanent residents as quickly as possible.