Temporary public policy to further facilitate access to permanent resident status for out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area: Who can apply

Who can apply

You can apply for permanent residence under this public policy if you meet all of these requirements. You must

Note: You and your family members cannot apply for permanent residence under this public policy if

When you entered Canada

When you first came to Canada, you need to have entered legally as a temporary resident.

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’ve 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

Work experience

When you apply you must

You must have done the work outlined in the NOC job description of your occupation as well as most of the main duties.

Find the NOC code and title for your job.

National Occupational Classification 2021

On November 16, 2022, we're switching to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • If you submit your application on or before November 15, 2022, your qualifying work experience must use the NOC 2016 requirements.
  • If you submit your application on or after November 16, 2022, your qualifying work experience must use the NOC 2021 requirements.

Type of work experience – NOC 2016

Your current and past work experience must be in the construction industry in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in 1 of the occupations listed under

Type of work experience – NOC 2021

Your current and past work experience must be in the construction industry in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in 1 of the occupations listed below

Eligible NOC 2021 Major Group 72 occupations (technical trades and transportation officers and controllers)
  • NOC 72010 - Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
  • NOC 72011 - Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • NOC 72012 - Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
  • NOC 72013 - Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • NOC 72014 - Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  • NOC 72100 - Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  • NOC 72101 - Tool and die makers
  • NOC 72102 - Sheet metal workers
  • NOC 72103 - Boilermakers
  • NOC 72104 - Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
  • NOC 72105 - Ironworkers
  • NOC 72106 - Welders and related machine operators
  • NOC 72200 - Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • NOC 72201 - Industrial electricians
  • NOC 72202 - Power system electricians
  • NOC 72203 - Electrical power line and cable workers
  • NOC 72204 - Telecommunications line and cable workers
  • NOC 72205 - Telecommunications installation and repair workers
  • NOC 72300 - Plumbers
  • NOC 72301 - Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • NOC 72302 - Gas fitters
  • NOC 72310 - Carpenters
  • NOC 72311 - Cabinetmakers
  • NOC 72320 - Bricklayers
  • NOC 72321 - Insulators
  • NOC 72020 - Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  • NOC 72021 - Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  • NOC 72022 - Supervisors, printing and related occupations
  • NOC 72023 - Supervisors, railway transport operations
  • NOC 72024 - Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
  • NOC 72400 - Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • NOC 72401 - Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • NOC 72402 - Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • NOC 72403 - Railway carmen/women
  • NOC 72404 - Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
  • NOC 72405 - Machine fitters
  • NOC 72406 - Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • NOC 72410 - Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
  • NOC 72411 - Auto body collision, refinishing and glass technicians and damage repair estimators
  • NOC 72420 - Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
  • NOC 72421 - Appliance servicers and repairers
  • NOC 72422 - Electrical mechanics
  • NOC 72423 - Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
  • NOC 72429 - Other small engine and small equipment repairers
  • NOC 72500 - Crane operators
  • NOC 72501 - Water well drillers
  • NOC 72999 - Other technical trades and related occupations
Eligible NOC 2021 Major Group 73 occupations (general trades)
  • NOC 73100 - Concrete finishers
  • NOC 73101 - Tilesetters
  • NOC 73102 - Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
  • NOC 73110 - Roofers and shinglers
  • NOC 73111 - Glaziers
  • NOC 73112 - Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
  • NOC 73113 - Floor covering installers
  • NOC 73200 - Residential and commercial installers and servicers
  • NOC 73310 - Railway and yard locomotive engineers
  • NOC 73311 - Railway conductors and brakemen/women
  • NOC 73400 - Heavy equipment operators
  • NOC 73401 - Printing press operators
  • NOC 73402 - Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction
Eligible NOC 2021 Major Group 75 occupations (helpers and labourers and other transport drivers, operators and labourers)
  • NOC 75110 - Construction trades helpers and labourers

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

How to prove your work experience

To prove your past work experience, you can use

Check the document checklist IMM 0123 (PDF, 943 KB) to make sure you have all the documents you need to apply.

Family in Canada

When you apply, you must have family living in Canada. This can be either

To prove your relationship with your family in Canada, you can use copies of a

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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