Temporary public policy for out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area: Who can apply
Who can apply
To be eligible for this public policy, you must meet all of the requirements. You must
- have entered Canada as a temporary resident but currently have no status
- live in Canada and have been here for at least 5 years
- have the right work experience
- prove that you meet or pass the minimum language requirements
- have family in Canada
- be referred by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
- be otherwise admissible to Canada
You are not eligible if you’ve made a refugee claim in the past.
When you entered Canada
When you first came to Canada, you need to have entered legally as a temporary resident and fall under one of the following groups:
You were, at some point, authorized to work in the construction industry in Canada with a work permit. You also need to have filed income tax or declared income in Canada.
You were never authorized to work but you had status as a visitor or student.
Living in Canada
You must be living in Canada now and have been living in Canada continuously for 5 years or more.
To prove that you have been living in Canada, you can use copies of a lease or rental agreement. If you don’t have a lease or rental agreement, you may use a combination of other documents such as
- a letter from a landlord or property owner (the letter should include dates that you lived at that location)
- bills or bank statements that have your name and address
When you apply you must
- be working in Canada and
- have enough past work experience
Type of work experience
Your current and past work experience must be in the construction industry in the GTA in 1 of the occupations listed under
- Major Group 72 – industrial, electrical and construction trades
- Major Group 73 – maintenance and equipment operation trades
- NOC 7441 - residential and commercial installers and servicers
- NOC 7521 - heavy equipment operators (except crane)
- NOC 7611 - construction trades helpers and labourers
You must have done the work outlined in the NOC job description of your occupation as well as most of the main duties.
How much work experience
In the past 5 years, you need to have worked a minimum of 4,680 hours.
Your work experience can be from
- 1 full-time job
- 1 or more part-time jobs
- a combination of full-time and part-time work
How to prove your work experience
If you’re part of group 1 you must include
Other examples of documents you can use to prove your past work experience include
- reference letters from your employers or coworkers
- copies of work contracts
- pay stubs
See the document checklist IMM 0123 (PDF, 943 KB) to make sure you have all the documents you need to apply.
You must meet the minimum language requirements in either English or French. To measure your language skills we use the
- Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English
- Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) for French
To prove that you meet the language requirements
You need to take an approved language test. The test shows your abilities in writing, reading, listening and speaking.
You need to get a minimum of CLB/NCLC 4 for all 4 categories.
Include your test results with your application. If you don’t include them, we’ll send your application back to you without processing it.
The results of your test must be less than 2 years old when you apply.
Family in Canada
When you apply, you must have family living in Canada. This can be either
extended family in Canada who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
For the purpose of this public policy, extended family is defined as:
To prove your extended family’s status in Canada, you need to include a copy of their:
- valid permanent resident card
- Canadian citizenship certificate, or
- first page of their Canadian passport
a spouse, common-law partner or child in Canada
Your spouse, common-law partner or child must have entered Canada legally.
To prove your spouse, common-law partner or child is living in Canada, include documents that have their name and address on them such as
- bank statements
- school records
To prove your relationship with your family in Canada, you can use copies of a:
- birth certificate
- marriage certificate
- family booklet
Referral from the CLC
The CLC is responsible for checking if you meet the requirements. To be eligible, you must be referred to us by the CLC. If the CLC finds that you may be eligible, they print a referral letter and send it to us along with your application. Ask the CLC for a copy of the referral letter to keep for your own records.
Be admissible to Canada
You and your dependants must not be inadmissible to Canada for reasons other than overstaying your temporary resident status and working without a valid work permit.
An immigration officer will determine if you’re inadmissible. The CLC isn’t responsible for determining your admissibility.
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