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What is the Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway?

The temporary resident to the permanent resident pathway is a limited-time pathway to permanent residency. It is offered to certain temporary residents who are currently working in Canada and their families who possess the skills and experience Canada needs to fight the pandemic and accelerate economic recovery. This program is also known as TR to PR pathway. TR stands for temporary resident and PR stands for permanent resident. The start date of this program was May 6, 2021 and end date is November 5, 2021. 

This TR to PR pathway will offer PR to over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy. As per the honorable Marco E.L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, statement, the focus of this new TR to PR pathway will be on Temporary workers employed in hospitals and long-term care homes and on the frontlines of other essential sectors, as well as international graduates who are driving the economy of tomorrow. 

Facts of TR to PR pathway

As we mentioned above the start date was May 6, 2021 and end date is November 5, 2021. There are total 6 streams in this pathway. 3 streams accept English and French-speaking applicants. 3 steams are accepting only French speakers. 

First 3 streams which accept English and French speaking applicants are:

Category Total cap Applications submitted as of June 12, 2021 as per government website Total cap left
Workers in Canada: health care 20,000 1,855 18,145
Workers in Canada: essential, non-health care 30,000 13,588 16,412
Recent international graduates from Canadian Institution 40,000 40,000 0

Other 3 streams which only accept only French speakers:

Category Total cap Applications submitted as of June 12, 2021 as per government website Total cap left
French-speaking workers in Canada: health care unlimited 46 unlimited
French-speaking workers in Canada: essential, non-health care Unlimited 438 unlimited
French-speaking recent international graduates from Canadian Institution unlimited 320 unlimited


In this article, we will only discuss the eligibility to apply under workers in Canada; essential, non-health care. To find the eligibility and requirement to apply under other streams of this pathway, please contact Minhas Lawyers LLP. Our lawyers are highly skilled in immigration related services.

Workers in Canada: Essential, non-health care

To be eligible under this stream you must: be in Canada, have valid status in Canada, have plan and intention to live outside of Quebec, meet or exceed the language requirements, be currently employed, have eligible work experience, and not be a refugee claimant in Canada.

Language Requirement: 

The minimum language requirements are Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) Level 4 in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

You must submit your results from an approved language test with your application. These results must be less than 2 years old when you apply.

Qualifying work

Work must be located within Canada and considered an essential occupation; self-employment is not acceptable. You must have the equivalent of one year of full-time work experience acquired three years preceding the date in which the application for permanent residency was received. 

Your work experience needs to be in one or more eligible occupations. Following are the eligible occupations as per the government website in this stream:

Eligible essential occupations

NOC Occupation
6611 Cashiers
6621 Service station attendants
6622 Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
6623 Other sales related occupations
7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7232 Tool and die makers
7233 Sheet metal workers
7234 Boilermakers
7235 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
7236 Ironworkers
7237 Welders and related machine operators
7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242 Industrial electricians
7243 Power system electricians
7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians
7251 Plumbers
7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
7253 Gas fitters
7271 Carpenters
7272 Cabinetmakers
7281 Bricklayers
7282 Concrete finishers
7283 Tilesetters
7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
7291 Roofers and shinglers
7292 Glaziers
7293 Insulators
7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
7295 Floor covering installers
7441 Residential and commercial installers and servicers
7442 Waterworks and gas maintenance workers
7444 Pest controllers and fumigators
7445 Other repairers and servicers
7451 Longshore workers
7452 Material handlers
7511 Transport truck drivers
7512 Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
7513 Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
7514 Delivery and courier service drivers
7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
7522 Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers
7531 Railway yard and track maintenance workers
7532 Water transport deck and engine room crew
7533 Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations
7534 Air transport ramp attendants
7535 Other automotive mechanical installers and servicers
7611 Construction trades helpers and labourers
7612 Other trades helpers and labourers
7621 Public works and maintenance labourers
7622 Railway and motor transport labourers
8611 Harvesting labourers
8612 Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
8613 Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
8614 Mine labourers
8615 Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers
1511 Mail, postal and related workers
1512 Letter carriers
1513 Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors
6421 Retail salespersons
6731 Light duty cleaners
6732 Specialized cleaners
6733 Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents
8431 General farm workers
8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers
8441 Fishing vessel deckhands
8442 Trappers and hunters
9461 Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
9462 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
9463 Fish and seafood plant workers
9465 Testers and graders, food and beverage processing
0821 Managers in agriculture
0822 Managers in horticulture
4031 French and French immersion secondary school teachers (language of instruction must be French)
4032 French and French immersion elementary school and kindergarten teachers (language of instruction must be French)
4411 Home child care providers
4413 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
6331 Retail butchers
6523 Airline ticket and service agents
6524 Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives and related clerks
6541 Security guards and related security service occupations
6551 Customer services representatives – financial institutions
6552 Other customer and information services representatives
8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
9617 Labourers in food and beverage processing
9618 Labourers in fish and seafood processing


Should you have any concerns navigating this multifaceted process, about other streams under this TR to PR pathway, or if you are seeking any other immigration-related advice, please contact Minhas Lawyers, where an experienced Immigration Lawyer will be pleased to help you on your way to becoming a Permanent resident.

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