PNP and CEC immigrants usually do better in the labour market
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Study states that PNP and CEC immigrants usually do better in the labour market

Margaret Cooley



Study states that PNP and CEC immigrants usually do better in the labour market

A study carried out by Statistics Canada and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has found that temporary residents who gain Canadian experience reap the benefits when they finally become permanent residents.

Immigrants who acquire permanent residence via the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) usually fare better in the labor market as compared to the people who immigrate via the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and the Foreign Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). The study found that two-thirds of permanent residents picked via the PNP used to be temporary foreign workers, and almost everyone selected via the CEC held temporary foreign worker status before.

Statistics Canada decided to publish two new studies on August 18. The second one takes a look at how much pre-arranged employment and Canadian work experience can help make predictions about the labor market outcomes of immigrants in the economic streams.

Why do PNP and CEC immigrants have an advantage?

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The study finds that immigrants belonging to the PNP and CEC categories have a higher chance of achieving success in the labor market since they are most likely to have gained valuable experience as temporary foreign workers before becoming permanent residents.


As a result, they gain invaluable insight into how the Canadian labor market functions while they are temporary residents. When they become permanent residents, they can use this knowledge to improve their chances.

Moreover, a large number of temporary foreign workers used to be international students in Canada who secured a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). They had the chance to live in Canada for many years and understand the labor market before gaining permanent residence. They have ample time to develop the ability to prove their knowledge and worth to employers and improve their language proficiency.

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