IRCC Doubles PR Quota For Out-Of-Status Construction Workers In GTA

500 more out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) will now be able to apply for permanent residency

Out-Of-Status Construction workers GTA


Today, IRCC announced doubling the Permanent Residency (PR) quota, for the out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Julie Dzerowicz, Member of Parliament for Davenport and Peter Fonseca, Member of Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville made this announcement today, on the behalf of IRCC Minister Sean Fraser.

Out-Of-Status Construction Workers pilot program was initially announced in 2019 with allocation of PR spots to 500 out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Today, IRCC extended and expanded, doubling its scope to 1,000 out-of-status construction workers in the GTA.

GTA for this pilot program consists of City of Toronto and the regions of Durham, Halton, Peel, York. This pilot is currently open until January 2, 2024.

Eligibility For Out-Of Status Construction Workers Pilot Program?

Applicants with significant work experience in construction occupations in the GTA, family members in Canada, and a referral letter from the CLC.

Furthermore, they have no reason for being inadmissible other than overstaying their visa and working without authorization.

You can apply for permanent residency under this governmental policy, if you:

  • 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 worked a minimum of 4,680 hours in these 5 years (1 full-time job OR 1 or more part-time jobs OR a combination of full-time and part-time work)
  • have family in Canada (mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or cousin)
  • be referred by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
  • be otherwise admissible to Canada

List of Eligible Occupations For Out-Of Status Construction Workers Pilot Program

  • 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
  • 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
  • NOC 75110 – Construction trades helpers and labourers

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Gagandeep Kaur Sekhon moved to Canada in 2010 on a study visa. She navigated through the ups and downs of her student life and gained her permanent residency in 2015. Today, she is a proud Canadian citizen residing in Calgary, Alberta. She is mother of 2 beautiful daughters and making her difference through writing and guidance at INC - Immigration News Canada.