Public policy to support the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot – Phase 2

Date Announced:

September 3, 2020

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.


Following the conclusion of Phase I, in June of 2020, the Immigration & Citizenship Minister announced Canada’s ongoing commitment to refugee labour mobility with a goal of admitting up to 500 refugees and their family members through existing economic immigration pathways. This second phase of the EMPP, which will be implemented in two stages, builds on lessons learned from Phase I, and continues to explore a scalable and sustainable model for refugee labour mobility to Canada. This public policy introduces facilitation measures that will remove major displacement-related barriers and make it easier for skilled refugees to access economic immigration on par with non-refugee candidates by exempting them from some applicable requirements of regional economic immigration pathways.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:



Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP)

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