Canada announces a new pathway for skilled refugees under the EMPP

As per the Immigration Minister of Canada, the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) is the new pathway for skilled refugees and employers.

Last year, Canada announced a new EMPP pathway as there was increased demand for skilled refugees. With the new EMPP pathway announced on Monday, Ottawa is planning to give employers a chance to fill in the wide-range demand for jobs, including the following:

  • Web designer
  • Long-term care aides
  • Teachers
  • Software Engineers
  • Truck and delivery service drivers
  • Personal Support Workers

The EMPP will follow a more flexible approach that allows applications from other people who wish to get international protection. As per policy, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will keep everyone informed about the latest updates in the field. In the coming weeks, EMPP’s webpage will be flooded with information about the new federal pathway. The information will be about the eligibility criteria.

Even the general manager of operations and human resources for Antigonish, Nova Scotia, said that the increasing demand for skillful labor is becoming a challenge for the recruiters. Further, long-term care centers are affected by the shortage of skillful labor.

The immigration plan laid out by the Immigration Levels Plan, the new target set up by Ottawa, is that 465,000 new permanent residents will be there by 2023–25. Moreover, the country is ready to welcome 485,000 permanent residents in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025. So, in total, there will be 1.45 million permanent residents in the next three years.

As per the reports by the statistical and demographic services agency, there were 855,890 job vacancies in Canada at the close of last year. Many employers are looking forward to hiring employees for these positions. The refugees and workers are the steady supply for these positions. However, the new pathway will provide widespread opportunities to refugees, and employers will likely benefit from the same situation.

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