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Canada Unveils New Economic Immigration Pathway For Skilled Refugees

June 18, 2023


Canada Immigration Minister Sean Fraser unveiled a second economic immigration pathway for skilled refugees and other displaced people through the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) on Monday in a much-anticipated move.

Through the new EMPP Federal Skills Job Offer Stream, Canadian employers hire refugees and other displaced people who qualify under any  National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 category with a Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER)  level of 0 through to 5.

“Helping employers access a new global talent pool is another way we are using our immigration system to address ongoing labour shortages,” said Fraser.

“Finding these skilled workers among people who happen to be displaced abroad and lack a durable solution is a made-in-Canada solution that we are promoting globally.

The EMPP Federal Skills Job Offer stream is being touted as way for employers to fill a wide range of in-demand Canada jobs, including nurse aides, personal support workers, long-term care aides, software engineers, web designers, mechanical and electrical engineers and technicians, logistics and warehouse workers, tourism and hospitality workers, and truck and delivery service drivers.

“Talent Beyond Boundaries hosts a talent catalog with over 65,000 skilled refugees who want to move for work and a growing network of partners around the world who are adding to that number daily,” said Lara Dyer, the organization’s Canadian director.

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