The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Canada will grant permanent residency to 90,000 students, foreign workers


OTTAWA: Canada will grant permanent residency to more than 90,000 foreign students and workers who helped treat patients during the pandemic, the immigratio­n minister announced Wednesday.

The programme, in effect from May 6, is intended for workers with at least one year of work experience in health care or dozens of other sectors deemed essential — from grocery store cashiers and shelf stockers, to truck drivers and farm workers — as well as graduates who’ve completed a post-secondary degree within the last four years.

Immigratio­n Minister Marco Mendicino said the measure should help Canada reach its target of welcoming more than 400,000 immigrants this year, compensati­ng for a drop in immigratio­n last year when the border was closed.

“The pandemic has shone a bright light on the incredible contributi­ons of newcomers,” he told a news conference.

“These new policies will help those with a temporary status to plan their future in Canada, play a key role in our economic recovery and help us build back better,” he said.

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