The Canadian government has announced that it will grant permanent residence to asylum seekers who worked in the healthcare sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, in recognition of a group that “puts their lives at risk by caring for others”. .
“The government recognizes the extraordinary contribution made by asylum seekers working in the Canadian health sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in long-term care facilities,” said the Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Marco Mendicino, in a statement.
“Given that these people in Canada have an uncertain future, current circumstances call for exceptional measures to be taken to recognize their service during the pandemic,” he added. The measure would also affect the immediate relatives of these people.
The executive has cited a requirement that potential beneficiaries apply for asylum in Canada before March 13, obtain work permits, and have worked in a health-related profession, including home care, if done through an agency.
The Canadian Department of Health reported more than 121,000 cases of coronavirus as of Friday, while 9,020 people lost their lives as victims of COVID-19 in the North American country.