Canada responds to the global migration crisis by opening a dedicated humanitarian pathway to offer safe and regular migration options for vulnerable individuals. The pathway aims to welcome 15,000 people from the Western Hemisphere, focusing on Colombians, Haitians, and Venezuelans.
The newly opened pathway, announced without mentioning a specific minister, targets individuals who are family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Eligible criteria include children, grandchildren, spouses, common-law partners, parents, grandparents, or siblings. To qualify, the Canadian family member must commit to supporting the principal applicant and their family for one year.
Applicants under this humanitarian pathway will benefit from pre-arrival services, including employment skills assessments and referrals to settlement service providers in their communities. Additionally, they may qualify for transitional financial assistance through the Resettlement Assistance Program.
In addition with this initiative, Canada is actively incorporating measures to address migration pressures in the Western Hemisphere. This includes bringing in an extra 4,000 individuals through existing temporary worker programs, such as the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program. Furthermore, Canada is utilizing the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot, a refugee labor mobility pathway, to facilitate migration from the Americas.
Check the full eligibility requirements here and how to apply.
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