On January 20, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that IRCC will extend and expand the pilot program for out-of-status construction workers by doubling the scope to 1,000 out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
IRCC partnered with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) to launch a permanent residence pilot program for 500 out-of-status construction workers in the GTA in July 2019. Now, IRCC doubles the scope of this pilot program to receive a total of 1,000 immigration applications from those out-of-status construction workers in the GTA.
Eligible applicants can submit their applications for permanent residency until January 2, 2024. Applicants can submit it along with their spouses, partners and dependent children. The CLC will assess their eligibility and refer the qualified candidates to the IRCC.
The pilot program for out-of-status construction workers in the GTA has granted permanent residency to a total of 452 people, including 190 principal applications and 262 dependents.