What is the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP)?

The Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) combines refugee resettlement and economic immigration. This pathway helps refugees and displaced people with eligible skills and qualifications to come to Canada under existing economic programs and gives employers access to a broader pool of candidates to fill vacant positions.

Available Pathways

There are currently two ways to apply for the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP).

Regional EMPP

For the regional EMPP, you must be eligible for one of these programs and apply first to a province, territory or Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIPP) community of your choice.

Federal EMPP

The federal EMPP includes streams with a Job Offer and No Job Offer. You need to meet work experience, education and language requirements for this pathway.

You can apply directly to Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP).

Pathway Benefits

Through the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP), your application should be reviewed and processed in 6 months or less, in most cases. IRCC will also waive fees, cover the cost of medical examinations under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), and allow you to apply to the Immigration Loans Program (ILP); if approved, this loan can help cover eligible travel costs.

You can also access the specific EMPP supports through the Canadian Orientation Abroad Programme to help you settle in Canada.

Who can apply through the EMPP?

There are three sets of eligibility requirements for the EMPP. You must:

  • be a refugee or displaced person.
  • meet the criteria of either the Federal EMPP or the Regional EMPP
  • be admissible to Canada.

You can apply for the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) on your own or with help from a non-government partner.

For More Information

Last updated: January 16, 2024 4006584