Immigration Minister Mendicino’s announcement to establish new pathways to permanent residency for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates with temporary status will strengthen Canada’s economy when we need it most.  

Immigrants have long played a critical role in supporting Canadians’ high standard of living and building vibrant communities. They fill labour market shortages; offset our aging population; and broaden the tax base, thereby helping fund social and public services. 

COVID-19-related restrictions have hit Canada’s immigration system hard, significantly reducing the number of newcomers entering the country. The Minister’s plan addresses this challenge by welcoming urgently needed talent. We can strengthen Canada’s economic recovery by ensuring that everyone who wishes to participate in the labour force has the ability to do so.