Here’s How You Can Qualify For New Canada PR Immigration Programs


With over 1.2 million new immigrants to be welcomed by 2023, Canada has remained committed to its targets with the launch of 6 new Canada PR immigration programs for permanent residency.


Despite the travel restrictions imposed due to the third wave of the pandemic, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has innovated the immigration process by considering only those candidates who are already residing in Canada. Such candidates may be eligible for the purpose of permanent residency.

Starting this May 06, Canada will consider new applications for Canada PR under the six new PR pathways:

  • Permanent Residence (PR) pathway for international student graduates;
  • PR pathway for essential workers in healthcare;
  • PR pathway for essential workers in other occupations;
  • PR pathway for French-speaking international student graduates;
  • PR pathway for French-speaking essential workers in healthcare;
  • PR pathway for French-speaking essential workers in other occupations.

Upto 90,000 Canada PR Invites Up for the Grab

  • Up to 40,000 spots will be for international students that have recently graduated from a Canadian designated learning institution;
  • Another 20,000 application spots will be available to temporary workers in healthcare;
  • Remaining 30,000 will be available to temporary workers in other essential occupations.

However, there is no cap for the french-speaking pathway, and Canada will continue to accept applicants until the November 5 deadline.

General Eligibility Criteria For Newly Launched Immigration Programs

International student graduates To be eligible, you need to have graduated from a post-secondary Designated Learning Institution (DLI) after January 2017. You also have to be working in Canada at the time of your application.


Language proficiency criteria of CLB 5 in English or French.

Essential workers in healthcare and other occupations. You just need to have one year of Canadian work experience in an eligible occupation.


Language proficiency criteria of CLB 4 in English or French.

French-speaking international student graduates, essential workers in healthcare, essential workers in other occupations. All other eligibility criteria remain the same as above except that candidates are expected to be proficient in French.

As a trusted immigration consultant for close to two decades, CanApprove wishes to advise all the immigration aspirants to make the best out of this benevolent phase of Canadian immigration. To find new career opportunities and better life chances in Canada, book your free appointment with our expert consultants.

Eligible List of Occupations

A NOC code is a unique four digit code assigned to each occupation in the Canadian labour market. NOC codes mostly follow a formula:

  • The first digit in a NOC code identifies the Skill Type. (0-9)
  • The second digit in a NOC code identifies the Skill Level. A (0 and 1), B (2 and 3), C (4 and 5), and D (6 and 7)

While Skill Type refers to broad areas of work, the Skill Level refers to what kind of education and training is generally necessary for an occupation.

Additionally, as a rule of thumb, when an immigration program requires experience in an occupation classified as Skill Level 0, A, or B, it means that either:

  • The first digit must be 0, or
  • The second digit must be between 0 and 3.

List of Eligible NOC- Healthcare Occupations

  • 3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
  • 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 3111 Specialist physicians
  • 3112 General practitioners and family physicians
  • 3113 Dentists
  • 3121 Optometrists
  • 3122 Chiropractors
  • 3124 Allied primary health practitioners
  • 3125 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  • 3131 Pharmacists
  • 3132 Dietitians and nutritionists
  • 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 3142 Physiotherapists
  • 3143 Occupational therapists
  • 3144 Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  • 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 3215 Medical radiation technologists
  • 3216 Medical sonographers
  • 3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists,
  • 3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
  • 3221 Denturists
  • 3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
  • 3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
  • 3231 Opticians
  • 3232 Practitioners of natural healing
  • 3233 Licensed practical nurses
  • 3234 Paramedical occupations
  • 3236 Massage therapists
  • 3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 3411 Dental assistants
  • 3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • 3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services
  • 4151 Psychologists
  • 4152 Social workers
  • 4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors
  • 4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  • 4212 Social and community service workers
  • 4412 Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations

List of Eligible NOC- Essential Occupations

  1. Sales and support occupations
  • 6611 Cashiers
  • 6621 Service station attendants
  • 6622 Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
  • 6623 Other sales related occupations
  1. Industrial, electrical and construction trades
  • 7201 Contractors and supervisor, 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 Tile Setters
  • 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
  1. Specific 4-digit unit groups
  • 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

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