Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP)as the second phase of the EMPP, to help skilled refugees immigrate to Canada through existing economic programs to support Canadian labour market needs.

Starting December 3, 2021, EMPP phase 2 will help settle up to 500 skilled refugees, and their families, in Canada.

The pilot combines refugee resettlement and economic immigration, and is assessed using economic immigration requirements.


The EMPP will help applicants apply for specific economic immigration programs. Through this pilot, IRCC will:


There are 2 sets of eligibility requirements you must meet to apply for the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP).

1. You must be eligible for the EMPP

You must meet the following requirements:

2. You must be eligible for an economic immigration program

You must be eligible for one of the following economic immigration programs:

If you want to apply for the AIP or RNIP programs: As part of the EMPP, you’re exempt from some eligibility requirements for the AIP and RNIP programs listed above:

  1. You don’t need to prove you worked the required number of hours within the specified 3-year timeframe. Instead, you only need to show you worked the required number of hours in general, before you submit your application.
  2. You can apply for a loan to meet the requirement of having enough money to support yourself and your family when you come to Canada

These exemptions do not apply to the PNP program. The province or territory will determine their own requirements.

Application Steps

There are 2 applications you must complete for the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP):

1.  Submit an application for the Economic Immigration Program.

Apply according to the application requirements for each immigration program.

2. Submit the EMPP application.

Step 1: Meet the application requirements

Step 2: Prepare documents and forms

Step 3: Complete the forms

Step 4: Submit your application

Application Processing

Once the application is submitted, IRCC will review and process the application in 2 stages.

  1. Stage 1: Ensure that the all documents and forms submitted meet the requirements and are not missing
  2. Stage 2: Review if you’re eligible and admissible to Canada

Application Approved