May 20, 2024 12:00 PM

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Doubling of Immigration Program to Benefit Out-of-status Construction Workers in Toronto

Canada plans a new pilot program to enable undocumented construction workers and their families in Toronto to become permanent residents.  

The government declared a doubling of the annual slots for the program to meet labor demand in the construction sector on January 20. The small-scale pilot enables out-of-status skilled workers in the construction sector to get the status of permanent residents. The program will allow 1000 undocumented construction workers and their families in Toronto to gain permanent residence.

The pilot program will help address the immense labor shortage in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The move to create a regular immigration pathway for undocumented migrant labor will also boost the construction industry.

Ontario’s construction industry is battling a severe labor shortage. There were 28,360 vacant jobs in the previous year’s second quarter.

Eligible skilled workers in the construction industry can apply for permanent residence with a spouse and children under the new pilot. The last date to apply for the program is January 2, 2024. They should identify themselves to the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) for pre-screening and referring for the final assessment.

Canada plans to involve provinces, territories, academics, and NGOs for consultations on exploring new pathways to regularize underground skilled workers in diverse industry sectors.  

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