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Canada To Introduce A New Refugee Pathway Under Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot For Tackling the Labour Shortage

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Canada remains at the forefront of global refugee resettlement and labor mobility. By inviting skilled refugees and other displaced persons to Canada, the government assists communities and businesses in addressing labor shortages. 

Ongoing enhancements to the immigration system will aid in making it more adaptive to Canada’s financial requirements and humanitarian responsibilities.

The Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, disclosed during a keynote speech to business and sector leaders, NGOs, and civil society organizations in Toronto that Canada intends to initiate a new economic pathway as part of the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) to support employers in hiring skilled refugees and other displaced individuals.

According to the IRCC website, a new pathway under the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) will launch in the upcoming summer.

The EMPP aims to assist employers in hiring skilled refugees and other displaced persons by connecting them with Canadian employers who require assistance in addressing labor shortages in vital occupations.

The new pathway, which will be introduced this summer, will provide employers with more opportunities to fill in-demand positions such as nurse aides, software engineers, mechanical and electrical engineers, technicians, teachers, long-term care aides, tourism and hospitality workers, personal support workers, and truck and delivery service drivers.

Over the next few years, Canada plans to expand the EMPP and welcome 2,000 qualified refugees and displaced persons to address labor shortages via the EMPP.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) plan to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents this year, according to the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025. The target is expected to increase to 485,000 immigrants in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025.

In the previous year, Canada received a little over 437,000 immigrants. The record immigration levels and international student and worker admissions increased the country’s population by over one million people for the first time in history last year.

The Government of Canada is introducing a new federal pathway to expand the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP). The new pathway, which will complement existing EMPP pathways, is set to launch this summer. The federal pathway will allow employers to fill many in-demand positions.

The EMPP offers employers an additional means to address their labor market requirements while providing EMPP candidates a chance to restart their careers and live safely with their families in Canada.

Furthermore, the EMPP will now incorporate a more flexible eligibility approach by allowing other displaced persons who lack a durable solution and require international protection to apply.

As these people rebuild their lives and careers, they help bridge the gaps in our labor force, contribute to local economies, and enhance our communities.

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