**NOTE THAT DUE TO A HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS, THE CLC IS CURRENTLY WAIT LISTING NEW APPLICANTS TO THE PROGRAM. THERE IS NO FEE REQUIRED TO GET ON THE CLC’S WAITING LIST OR FOR APPLICATION PROCESSING AT THE CLC.**
Permanent Residence for “Out-of-Status” Construction Workers in the GTA
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is proud to be working with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to implement a temporary initiative that will help 500 out-of-status construction workers and their immediate family find a pathway to permanent residence that will end the insecure nature of their employment and immigration status.
Out-of-status workers are people who have come to Canada with valid temporary residence status, but have fallen out of status for various reasons, and have found employment in the construction industry. Without status, these workers have continued to fill labour shortages, while contributing greatly to our society and economy. However, fear of detection, detainment, and deportation drives these workers and their families “underground,” often limiting their access to social programs, and making them vulnerable to employer exploitation and abuse.
The CLC will be engaging at the highest level of due diligence to ensure the safety and security of any applicants who come forward to take part in this initiative.
Update to the Policy – July 30, 2021
As of July 30, 2021, IRCC has implemented new measures to facilitate the implementation of this public policy. Workers must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply to this program:
- Be currently without status in Canada;
- Legally entered Canada as a temporary resident (visitor, student or worker);
- Continuously resided in Canada for least the last five years at the time of your application;
- Be currently working without authorization in construction in the Greater Toronto Area and have at least three years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) work experience in construction in the GTA in the last five years;
- Have family living in Canada (a spouse, common-law partner or child, regardless of status OR an extended family member who is a permanent resident or Canadian citizen).
Workers no longer have to pass a language exam to qualify for this program.
For a detailed description of this initiative and eligibility requirements, visit:
This initiative will run until January 2, 2023 or when 500 principal applicants (plus their family members) have been granted permanent residence, whichever comes first. IRCC began accepting applications referred by the CLC on January 2, 2020.
Greater Toronto Area (GTA) as defined by Statistics Canada – Toronto Economic Region: City of Toronto, Durham Region, Halton Region, Peel Region, York Region.
**NOTE THAT DUE TO A HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS, THE CLC IS CURRENTLY WAIT LISTING NEW APPLICANTS TO THE PROGRAM. THERE IS NO FEE REQUIRED TO GET ON THE CLC’S WAITING LIST OR TO APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM.**
Applicants are referred on a first-come, first-serve basis and the application process is open to all qualified workers, whether or not they are unionized. Identification and referral of potential applicants under the public policy will be carried out in an unbiased, fair and equitable manner.
The CLC has engaged an immigration lawyer and support staff specifically trained for this initiative.
Applicant will undergo rigorous screening by the CLC, based on the eligibility criteria, which may include telephone interviews.
The CLC will only refer to IRCC applications that the CLC determines to be eligible under the public policy, having met ALL of the criteria established by IRCC.
All information received from applicants and through the applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence. The CLC will undertake to maintain, respect and protect fully the confidentiality of the information received from or about applicants, and not to release it to anyone other than the individual to whom it relates, unless such release is clearly authorized by the applicant. This applies to all applicants – whether or not their application is successful.
Application Process is Open – WAITING LIST
**THERE IS NO FEE FOR SUBMISSION OF THE INTAKE FORM TO THE CLC OR FOR THE APPLICATION PROCESSING AT THE CLC. WHEN CLC REFERS COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO THE IRCC, THEN GOVERNMENT PROCESSING FEES ARE REQUIRED FOR YOUR APPLICATION AND PAID DIRECTLY TO IRCC.
Although there is currently a waiting list, the application process remains open for workers wishing to add their name to the waiting list. The CLC will inform you as soon as possible if additional spaces become available and your application can proceed to an eligibility screening.
Step 1: You have to submit the CLC’s intake application form to the CLC by email, fax or mail. Get the CLC’s intake application form here. Please do not send additional documents to the CLC without first submitting an intake form and being requested to do so by the CLC.
Step 2: Once the CLC receives your intake application form, the CLC will contact you to discuss your application if a space becomes available on the waiting list.
Step 3: The application for permanent residence must include a referral letter from the CLC attesting that the CLC determines the applicant to be eligible under the public policy. Once it is determined that you are eligible to apply, the CLC will work with you to complete the application process and provide a referral letter prior to submission to IRCC. Spouses/partners and dependent children can be included in the application for permanent residence.
Only those who the CLC determines to be eligible under the public policy will be considered for referral by the CLC.
IRCC’s application information and guide, including application forms to complete once the CLC determines an applicant is eligible, can be found at the following links:
For questions about this initiative, please contact the CLC at:
For questions about other matters pertaining to immigration and citizenship, outside of this initiative, please contact: