Permanent Residence For “Out-of-Status” Construction Workers In the GTA

Out of status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area of Toronto can start the process of filing for permanent residence as of September 3, 2019.

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) will assist with the process of recruiting 500 out-of-status construction workers to find a route to Canadian permanent residence. It is anticipated that this initiative will end the insecure nature of employment and immigration status.

The CLC will then refer eligible applicants and their family members to Canada immigration authority (IRCC).

Applications opened on the CLC website platform on September 3, 2019. The IRCC will start accepting applications referred by the CLC on Jan. 2, 2020.

The Temporary Public Policy was released in July to offer an opportunity to construction workers and their families members who first came to Canada on a temporary work permit, but lost their temporary status.

The policy is also created to help tackle labour shortages in the construction industry in the province.


This program will run from Jan. 2, 2020, to January 1, 2022; or when 500 principal candidates (plus their family members) have been issued permanent residence, whichever comes first.

The CLC application process for identifying applicants to be referred to IRCC is starts from September 3, 2019.


Greater Toronto Area (GTA) as defined by Statistics Canada – Toronto Economic Region: City of Toronto, York Region, Halton Region, Peel Region Durham Region.

Applicant Selection for Out of status construction workers:

Individuals will be picked on a first-come, first-serve basis and are open to all eligible workers, whether or not they are unionized or organized into a trade union. Identification and referral of potential candidates under the public policy will be implemented in an unbiased, equitable and fair manner.

The CLC has hired an immigration lawyer and an assistant specifically trained for this initiative.

Candidates will go through rigorous screening by the CLC, based on the eligibility parameters, which may include in-person and/or telephone interviews. All details received from prospective candidates and through applications will be addressed with the strictest of confidence.

The CLC will only refer to IRCC applications that the CLC deems to be eligible under the public policy, having fulfill all of the requirements  established by IRCC.

The CLC will try to maintain, respect and fully protect the confidentiality of the information obtained from or about applicants, and not to open it to anyone other than the person to whom it relates unless such release is clearly authorized by the person involved. This applies to all persons – whether or not their application is successful.