Workers in Canada: Essential, Non-Health Care

This stream is a part of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) temporary public policies, i.e., the Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway. Skilled workers living in Canada on legal status and working in essential and non-healthcare occupations can apply for Canadian Permanent Residence through this stream.

Eligibility Criteria

Language Requirement

The minimum score should be Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) Level 4 is required in all modules.

Employment Requirement

To submit an application under this stream, skilled workers should be legally working in Canada as paid employees (at the time of submission or application) and have at least 1 year (or 1,560 hours) of work experience in the past 3 years (from the date of submission of the profile) in one of the below stated occupations.

List of Eligible Healthcare Occupations
NOC CodeOccupation
3011Nursing Co-ordinators, and Supervisors
3012Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses
3111Specialist physicians
3112General practitioners and family physicians
3113Dentists
3121Optometrists
3122Chiropractors
3124Allied primary health practitioners
3125Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3131Pharmacists
3132Dietitians and nutritionists
3141Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3142Physiotherapists
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)
3221Denturists
3222Dental hygienists and dental therapists
3223Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3231Opticians
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
4151Psychologists
4152Social workers
4153Family, marriage and other related counsellors
4165Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4212Social and community service workers
4412Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
List of Eligible Essential occupation
NOCOccupation
6611Cashiers
6621Service station attendants
6622Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
6623Other sales related occupations
7201Contractors and supervisors, 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
7234Boilermakers
7235Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
7236Ironworkers
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
7251Plumbers
7252Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
7253Gas fitters
7271Carpenters
7272Cabinetmakers
7281Bricklayers
7282Concrete finishers
7283Tilesetters
7284Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
7291Roofers and shinglers
7292Glaziers
7293Insulators
7294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
7295Floor covering installers
7441Residential and commercial installers and servicers
7442Waterworks and gas maintenance workers
7444Pest controllers and fumigators
7445Other repairers and servicers
7451Longshore workers
7452Material handlers
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 track 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
7611Construction trades helpers and labourers
7612Other trades helpers and labourers
7621Public works and maintenance labourers
7622Railway and motor transport labourers
8611Harvesting labourers
8612Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
8613Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
8614Mine labourers
8615Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers
1511Mail, postal and related workers
1512Letter carriers
1513Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors
6421Retail salespersons
6731Light duty cleaners
6732Specialized cleaners
6733Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents
8431General farm workers
8432Nursery and greenhouse workers
8441Fishing vessel deckhands
8442Trappers and hunters
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
0821Managers in agriculture
0822Managers in horticulture
4031French and French immersion secondary school teachers (language of instruction must be French)
4032French and French immersion elementary school and kindergarten teachers (language of instruction must be French)
4411Home child care providers
4413Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
6331Retail butchers
6523Airline 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
9617Labourers in food and beverage processing
9618Labourers in fish and seafood processing

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