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Applying for Canada PR: Essential and Healthcare Workers

By Sierra April 30, 2021 (Updated December 3, 2021) 5 min. read
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November 2021 Update: This temporary PR pathway is currently closed as of November 5, 2021. If you have already submitted an application, you can still sign in to your account to view your submission status.

If you are currently working in Canada as an essential or healthcare worker? You may have a new opportunity to apply for permanent residency! Canada is a land of opportunity and thousands of people seek to become permanent residents and get their PR cards every single year. As Canada works hard to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, these new pathways for essential workers and healthcare workers have been announced as a fast-track pathway to Canada PR. There are 135 occupations available to apply for this new stream if all of the requirements are met.

Current Application Submissions

Application processing for these 6 streams is from May 6th until Nov 15th, 2021.

Category# of Applications Accepted# of Applications Already Submitted
Healthcare Workers20,0007,155
Essential Workers 30,000 (Closed)30,000
Last Updated: 11/8/2021

TR to PR Essential Worker Requirements

The Canadian government is looking to invite 50,000 candidates between essential and healthcare workers to become permanent residents. Learn more about the requirements needed below!

Stream A: Qualifying Healthcare Occupations

Below you can learn more about the jobs that qualify for those individuals interested in Canadian PR as a healthcare workers:

NOC CodeJob Title
3011Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
3012Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3111Specialist physicians
3112General practitioners and family physicians
3124Allied primary health practitioners
3125Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3132Dieticians and nutritionists
3141Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3143Occupational therapists
3144Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
3211Medical laboratory technologists
3212Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3214Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists, and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215Medical radiation technologists
3216Medical sonographers
3217Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
3219Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
3222Dental hygienists and dental therapists
3223Dental technologists, technicians, and laboratory assistants
3232Practitioners of natural healing
3233Licensed practical nurses
3234Paramedical occupations
3236Massage therapists
3237Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
3411Dental assistants
3413Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
3414Other assisting occupations in support of health services
4152Social workers
4153Family, marriage, and other related counselors
4165Health policy researchers, consultants, and program officers
4212Social and community service workers
4412Home support workers, housekeepers, and related occupations

Stream B: Qualifying Essential Worker Occupations

Here we have gathered the occupations that qualify under this essential worker PR stream. Check the TR to PR essential worker list below:

Sales and Support

NOC CodeJob Title
6621Service station attendants
6622Store shelf stockers, clerks, and order fillers
6623Other sales-related occupations

Industrial, Electrical and Construction Trades

NOC CodeJob Title
7201Contractors and supervisor, machining, metal forming, shaping, and erecting trades and related occupations
7202Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades, and telecommunications occupations
7203Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
7204Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
7205Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers, and servicers
7231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7232Tool and die makers
7233Sheet metal workers
7235Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
7237Welders and related machine operators
7241Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242Industrial electricians
7243Power system electricians
7244Electrical power line and cable workers
7245Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7247Cable television service and maintenance technicians
7252Steamfitters, pipefitters, and sprinkler system installers
7282Concrete finishers
7283Tile setters
7284Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers, and lathers
7291Roofers and shinglers
7294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
7295Floor covering installers

Other Installers, Repairers/Servicers, Material Handlers

NOC CodeJob Title
7441Residential and commercial installers and servicers
7442Waterworks and gas maintenance workers
7444Pest controllers and fumigators
7445Other repairers and servicers
7451Longshore workers
7452Material handlers

Transport/Heavy Equipment Operation and Related Maintenance

NOC CodeJob Title
7511Transport truck drivers
7512Bus drivers, subway operators, and other transit operators
7513Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
7514Delivery and courier service drivers
7521Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
7522Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers
7531Railway yard and truck maintenance workers
7532Water transport deck and engine room crew
7533Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations
7534Air transport ramp attendants
7535Other automotive mechanical installers and servicers

Trades Helpers, Construction Laborers and Related Occupations

NOC CodeJob Title
7611Construction trades helpers and laborers
7612Other trades helpers and laborers
7621Public works and maintenance laborers
7622Railway and motor transport laborers

Harvesting, Landscaping and Natural Resources

NOC CodeJob Title
8611Harvesting laborers
8612Landscaping and grounds maintenance laborers
8613Aquaculture and marine harvest laborers
8614Mine laborers
8615Oil and gas drilling, servicing, and related laborers
8616Logging and forestry laborers

Mail and Message Distribution

NOC CodeJob Title
1511Mail, postal, and related workers
1512Letter carriers
1513Couriers, messengers, and door-to-door distributors


NOC CodeJob Title
6421Retail salespersons


NOC CodeJob Title
6731Light duty cleaners
6732Specialized cleaners
6733Janitors, caretakers, and building superintendents

Agriculture and Horticulture Workers

NOC CodeJob Title
8431General farmworkers
8432Nursery and greenhouse workers

Other Workers in Fishing, Trapping and Hunting

NOC CodeJob Title
8441Fishing vessel deckhands
8442Trappers and hunters

Machine Operators and Related Workers in Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing

NOC CodeJob Title
9461Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
9462Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers, and related workers
9463Fish and seafood plant workers
9465Testers and graders, food and beverage processing

Specific 4-digit Unit Groups

NOC CodeJob Title
0821Managers in agriculture
0822Managers in horticulture
4031French and French immersion secondary school teachers (the language of instruction must be French)
4032French and French immersion elementary school and kindergarten teachers (the language of instruction must be French)
4411Home child care providers
4413Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
6331Retail butchers
6523The airline ticket and service agents
6524Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives, and related clerks
6541Security guards and related security service occupations
6551Customer services representatives – financial institutions
6552Other customer and information services representatives
8252Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors, and specialized livestock workers
8255Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance, and horticulture services
9617Laborers in food and beverage processing
9618Laborers in fish and seafood processing

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