Expanding Opportunities: Canada's New Economic Pathway for Skilled Refugees

Expanding Opportunities: Canada's New Economic Pathway for Skilled Refugees

On March 27, 2023, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the launch of a new economic pathway under the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) to help Canadian employers hire skilled refugees and other displaced individuals. This initiative positions Canada as a global leader in refugee resettlement and labour mobility, addressing labour shortages and benefiting communities and businesses.

The EMPP pairs skilled refugees and displaced individuals with Canadian employers facing labour shortages in key occupations, offering a valuable talent pool for companies to draw from while providing newcomers with opportunities to rebuild their lives and careers in Canada.

This summer, the EMPP will be expanded with a new federal pathway, giving employers access to in-demand jobs like nurse aides, personal support workers, long-term care aides, software engineers, web designers, mechanical and electrical engineers, teachers, tourism and hospitality workers, and truck and delivery service drivers.

The EMPP will also adopt a more flexible approach to eligibility, allowing displaced people lacking durable solutions and in need of international protection to apply. As these individuals contribute to local economies and fill labour force gaps, they enrich Canadian communities.

The new federal pathway aims to streamline the application process and make it more accessible to employers across the country. With faster processing times, EMPP newcomers can quickly start working and integrating into their new communities.

Through this initiative, Canada demonstrates its commitment to being a global leader in immigration and labour mobility, creating a more inclusive labour market and helping skilled refugees and displaced individuals thrive.



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