Subsequent temporary public policy to continue to facilitate access to permanent resident status for out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
The following updated instructions took effect on January 3, 2023.
This section is about the processing of both temporary and permanent residence applications for a group of 1000 out-of-status construction workers, plus their families, in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Applicants can apply whether or not they have previously been granted authorization to work in the construction industry in the GTA.
Launched on January 2, 2020, this temporary public policy was updated in July 2021, to be more facilitative and was extended until January 2, 2023. The public policy was revisited to continue to facilitate access to permanent resident status for out-of-status construction workers in the GTA. This subsequent temporary public policy, which took effect on January 3, 2023, increases the cap to 1,000 principal applicants in the GTA (the 1,000-application cap includes the principal applicants who submitted applications under the two previous public policies). The revised public policy will end on January 2, 2024, or once 1,000 principal applicants (including their accompanying family members) have been granted permanent residence, whichever comes first.
The subsequent temporary public policy to continue to facilitate access to permanent resident status for out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) recognizes the economic contribution of foreign national construction workers currently employed in the GTA who have fallen out of status and have been working without authorization. This public policy seeks to regularize individuals who have been contributing to the Canadian economy by filling a regional labour market need and is more facilitative than the previous public policy.
At the same time, this public policy addresses the vulnerable position of these workers due to their lack of immigration status. Many undocumented construction workers may be unaware of their employment rights or hesitant to exercise them. These workers may not be benefiting from workplace regulations, such as health and safety inspections.
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