March 27, 2023—Toronto— Canada continues to be a global leader in refugee resettlement and labour mobility.

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, made an announcement during a keynote speech in Toronto to business and sector leaders, NGOs, and civil society organizations. The announcement revealed that Canada will be launching a new economic pathway as part of the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP). This pathway is designed to help Canadian employers hire skilled refugees and other displaced individuals.

The EMPP program connects skilled refugees and other qualified displaced individuals with Canadian employers who need to overcome labor shortages in specific occupations. This program enables Canada to welcome vulnerable people while providing Canadian employers access to a previously untapped talent pool. This talent pool can help grow the Canadian economy by attracting and retaining employees with the necessary skills.

The Government of Canada is expanding the EMPP program by creating a new federal pathway. This new pathway will complement existing EMPP pathways and will be available from this summer onwards. The new federal pathway will provide employers with more opportunities to fill a variety of in-demand positions. These positions include roles such as nurse aides, personal support workers, long-term care aides, software engineers, web designers, mechanical and electrical engineers and technicians, teachers, tourism and hospitality workers, and truck and delivery service drivers.

The EMPP program provides employers with an additional means of addressing their labor market needs. Simultaneously, it provides EMPP candidates with an opportunity to restart their careers and lives safely with their families in Canada.

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