IRCC may extend Post-Graduation Work Permits for Healthcare and Trades Sectors

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Marc Miller, recently disclosed that several provinces have approached him to consider extending the duration of Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs) for individuals in the healthcare sector and specific trades. In response to this request he assured that his department will be accommodating, but provinces need to share the data backing to do so. This move reflects the growing recognition of the invaluable contributions made by these professionals and tradespeople to Canada’s workforce.

During a meeting with provincial and territorial immigration ministers on May 10th, 2024, Minister Marc Miller discussed various priorities and strategies to maintain the benefits of immigration across Canada with his counterparts from all the provincial and territorial immigration ministers which are a part of  the Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration (FMRI). Among the key discussions was the need to strike a balance on priorities, including the inclusion of temporary workers in immigration planning.

One notable topic of discussion was the aim to reduce the proportion of temporary residents to 5% of Canada’s total population. Additionally, the ministers agreed on utilizing the federal policy framework to support asylum seekers and Canada’s response to humanitarian emergencies. They also sought data on the number of temporary residents in their regions, particularly those who become permanent residents through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

In the end Marc Miller said they did not agree on everything discussed today but emphasized the commitment to collaboration with the provinces to address immigration challenges collectively.

Immigration plays a pivotal role in Canada’s demographic and economic growth. The Immigration Levels Plan anticipates stabilizing immigration at 500,000 new permanent residents in 2025 and 2026.

In conclusion, the potential extension of Post-Graduation Work Permits for healthcare professionals and tradespeople underscores Canada’s dedication to harnessing international talent to meet workforce demands and drive economic recovery. Amid challenges such as the housing crisis and evolving immigration regulations, Canada’s commitment to inclusive growth remains steadfast, reflecting its resilience and adaptability on the global stage.

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