The Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP, allows participating provinces and territories to nominate a set number of economic immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residence each year in order to meet local labour market needs.
In a news release issued March 12, the Government of Canada said the 2,000 additional PNP spaces are intended primarily for existing long-term Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada with intermediate skills classified as National Occupational Code “C” who have integrated into Canadian society.
“Temporary foreign workers fill long-term labour market needs and contribute to the growth of our economy,” Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen said in a statement. “We recognize the need to provide opportunities for them to transition to permanent residence — and these additional spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program will do just that.”
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said the additional spaces will also help address “worker vulnerability.”
Under its Multi-Year Immigration Levels plan, Canada has a 2019 admissions target of 61,000 for the PNP, which is an increase of 6,000 admissions over 2018.
A spokesman for Ahmed Hussen told CIC News that the 2,000 spaces for temporary foreign workers are part of this planned increase.
The announcement follows IRCC’s creation of the Interim Pathway for Caregivers, a temporary permanent residence pathway that opened March 4 and will remain open until June 4, 2019, for eligible in-home temporary foreign worker caregivers who came to Canada after November 30, 2014.