Temporary public policy to further 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 July 30, 2021.
This section is about the processing of both temporary and permanent residence applications for a group of 500 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 2-year public policy has been revisited to be more facilitative and the deadline has been extended until January 2, 2023, or once 500 principal applicants (plus their family members) have been granted permanent residence.
The Temporary public policy to further 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 benefitting from workplace regulations, such as health and safety inspections.
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