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Last year, the Government of Canada launched the “Hong Kong Pathway” for Hong Kong people, which is divided into “Stream A” and “Stream B” schemes, and graduates of Canada within 3 years are eligible for the “Lifeboat Scheme” Stream A applies directly for permanent residency with a deadline of August 31, 2026.


This temporary public policy for Hong Kong residents who are currently in Canada provides a pathway to permanent residence for eligible applicants and their families.

There are 2 streams for which you may be eligible. You can apply for permanent residence under one of the following:

Stream A: In-Canada graduates
Stream B: Canadian work experience

This public policy will be in effect from June 1, 2021, to August 31, 2026.

【Canada STREAM A Application Eligibility】
  • Holders of HKSAR passports or BNO passports
  • To apply for and obtain permanent residency, you must be in Canada physically
  • Have a valid temporary Canadian residence permit
  • Intention to live outside of Quebec
  • Complete a Diploma/Degree of Further Study at a designated institution of higher learning in Canada within the first three years of application
【Canadian STREAM A Course Type and Year of Study】

Most of the diplomas or above courses of a designated Canadian institution of higher education meet the requirements of the Lifeboat Program Stream A, and at least half of the courses must be completed in Canada. Hong Kong people who have completed a diploma or degree within 5 years can choose a minimum of one year of post-bachelor’s degree and postgraduate diploma programmes, which can apply for permanent residence in as little as one year.


Diploma or above at a designated institution of higher learning in Canada:

  • Two years or more of the Diploma Program
  • Associate degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctoral degree
  • Diploma or postgraduate diploma program after one year or more (the diploma or degree required for enrolment must be obtained 5 years before the start of the course).


The application deadline for the Canadian Lifeboat Program Stream A is August 31, 2026, and applicants must graduate before the deadline to meet Stream A’s conditions and submit their application. Therefore, Hong Kong people who wish to apply to become permanent residents of Canada through Stream A should plan to enrol in the course on or before 2024.

[1 month English course + 2 years vocational training course]

EMSB (English Montreal School Board) is the largest public English education bureau in Montreal, Quebec. According to statistics from the Ministry of Higher Education for seven consecutive years, the Education Bureau is also the education commission with the highest graduation rate for students in Quebec. Of course, in the French-speaking province of Quebec, even English schools have a considerable number of courses taught in French. This provides an excellent language environment for those studying here, allowing them to effortlessly acquire English and French close to their native level.


EMSB has six vocational education centers and dozens of majors, and is the first education bureau to open PEQ study abroad programs, and it is also the education bureau that has done the most in PEQ study abroad. Since most of the country’s compatriots have zero foundation in French, they are the first choice for entering English-taught majors.


Learn French while studying professional courses, double tracks in parallel, so that the operation is the most efficient and time-saving. Up to now, thousands of international students have realized their dreams of living and working here with the help of EMSB.


Courses include:

  1. RTC: Computer Graphics Technology, Digital Printing, Industrial Drawing, Mechanical Technology, CNC Machine Tools, Mechanical and Electrical Automation, Welding and Assembly, Cabinet Making, Furniture Painting, etc.
  2. Pius: Professional Cooking, Pastry Making, Food and Beverage Service, Secretarial, Legal Secretarial, Computer Graphics Technology, Hospitality, Tourism Sales, Hotel Hospitality, Professional Sales, Sales Representatives, etc.
  3. Shadd: Accountant, Pharmacist Assistant, Health Care Facilities Assistant, Computer Graphics Technology and Secretary.
  4. LMAC: Beauty, electric needles, hairdressing and automotive machinery.

Simard & Associates brings together a team of experienced immigration lawyers and consultants team with years of experience in the industry and strong multi-dimensional channels to help you succeed in your immigration journey. Stay tuned to Simard & Associates for more information on immigration life abroad. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us.