The Canadian government has announced a new pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates already in the country.

Eligible essential workers are those working in one of 40 healthcare occupations “as well as 95 other essential jobs across a range of fields, like caregiving and food production and distribution.” Many of these workers have been crucial contributors to Canada’s fight against COVID and, as in other countries, the pandemic has revealed the massive extent to which workers in frontline jobs (which span a range of sectors) are the linchpins of a functioning society and economy.

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