Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot is expanded to welcome more skilled refugees

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Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot

Sean Fraser, Minister of IRCC, revealed a new investment to help broaden Canada’s Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) for skilled refugees On December 13, 2022. For the upcoming years, this move aims to link employers and local communities across the country to increase the pilot project’s reach and invite 2,000 competent refugees into the Canadian workforce. 


Through the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot, partner groups assist skilled refugees from other nations in connecting with employers who have a severe shortage of labour in sectors including skilled tradespeople, chefs, and cooks. After receiving a job offer, candidates can submit an application for Canadian immigration through the country’s economic programmes, utilizing EMPP measures to remove any hurdles that economic refugees could face.


With the help of its trusted partners, Canada is launching a new, more flexible system to make it easier for skilled candidates to apply. Partners will be able to refer and support candidates directly, including Talent Beyond Boundaries, TalentLift, and Jumpstart Refugee Talent. Trusted partners will go through quality assurance reviews and necessary training to assist them in their roles.


These roles are geared towards highly sought-after industries such as healthcare services or information technology. Moreover, Canada is allocating $6.2 million to support 6 ventures of EMPP partner organizations. These projects will fortify their capabilities across crucial areas, including locating appropriate overseas candidates and assisting job seekers and employers during the interview and recruitment process and immigration procedures.


– The Honourable. Sean Fraser, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Refugees

“Resettlement gives refugees the chance to live in safety and start over, but it shouldn’t mean that their professional experience is ignored in the process. By allowing them to continue their careers in Canada through this ground-breaking programme, our government is displaying the career ambitions of qualified refugees while offering employers access to a global talent pool. Since this programme was first launched, a number of employers—including Glen Haven Manor—have led the way and championed it. I hope other businesses across the country will follow their example.”


Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot

The Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) combines economic immigration and refugee resettlement. It’s a process that:

  • supports skilled refugees in arriving In Canada through present economic programs.
  • gives organizations access to a new pool of skilled candidates to fill open jobs.

The EMPP was introduced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as a small research project in 2018. During the pilot’s initial stage, IRCC observed that qualified refugees can, with some support, be eligible for permanent residence through economic programmes. The second phase, which begins in December 2021, sees the settlement of up to 500 refugees and their families, according to the IRCC.  In accordance with the EMPP, Canada already welcomed over 100 skilled refugees and their families as of October 2022.


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