Applications now open for the expanded Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot

Date Announced:

December 3, 2021

Active Period:

This public policy is being implemented in two stages: Stage 1, ending June 30, 2022, will cap processing at 150 applications from principal applicants; and Stage 2, starting July 1, 2022, would cap processing at 350 applications from principal applicants. Therefore, the public policy remains in effect until up to 500 applications from principal applicants have been received, or until the public policy is revoked by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.


Applications are now open for the second phase of the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP). This pilot recognizes the talents and skills of refugees by welcoming them through existing economic immigration streams, such as the Provincial Nominee Program, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

The second phase of the EMPP builds on lessons learned from the first phase, which shows that, with some help, skilled refugees can qualify for permanent residence through our economic pathways. By focusing on their skills, education, and experience, this pilot helps qualified refugee candidates overcome obstacles and become eligible for Canada’s economic immigration programs.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Economic migrants | Refugees


Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP)

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