Rights of Permanent Resident in Canada


Canada PR gives various rights to permanent residents in Canada. They enjoy most of the rights and privileges as Canadian citizens, including access to healthcare coverage, social services, and the ability to work, study, or live anywhere in the country.

However, Canada PR holders do not have the right to vote in federal elections or hold certain government positions. 

Rights of Permanent Residents in Canada

As permanent residents in Canada, you can enjoy the right to:

  • Live, work, and study
  • Sponsor family members
  • Social benefits
  • Legal protection under Canadian law
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Apply for Canadian citizenship 

1. Right to live

Canada offers various pathways for individuals to live in the country permanently, such as Express Entry, provincial nominee program, family sponsorship, etc.

Permanent residents enjoy most of the same rights and benefits as Canadian citizens, including access to healthcare and social services.

2. Right to work

Canadian permanent residents have the right to work in any occupation and anywhere in the country. Many programs like the Express Entry system and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow skilled workers to immigrate to Canada and obtain work permits.

3. Right to study

Canada is known for its high-quality education system and welcomes international students. Students can also obtain study permits to attend designated learning institutions in Canada. 

4. Right to sponsor family members

If you are a permanent resident, then you have the right to sponsor your family members such as parents, grandparents, spouses, common-law partners, and dependent children to come to Canada and live with you.

5. Right to social benefits

Canada offers various social benefits like child benefits, unemployment insurance, and maternity and paternity leave. They also get a social insurance number (SIN) that allows permanent residents to work in Canada.

Permanent residents get protection under The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian law. 

7. Right to healthcare

Canada has a universal healthcare system that provides free medical care to permanent residents, which is funded by taxes. Along with this, PR holders also get the facility of public health insurance. 

8. Right to education

Canada has a top-notch education system. Permanent residents have access to all levels of education, including post-secondary institutions, and are eligible for government grants and loans for college.

9. Apply for Canadian citizenship

One of the best benefits of PR holders is that they can apply for Canadian citizenship.

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Requirements of Canada PR

To avail the benefits of PR rights in Canada, you must first fulfill the requirements given below.

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have sufficient proof of funds
  • A successful biometric and Immigration Medical Exam
  • Must be eligible to apply through one of Canada’s immigration pathways
  • Have no criminal record

Pathways to Canada PR

You can become a permanent resident in Canada through the following pathways:

1. Express Entry

2. Provincial Nominee Program

3. Quebec Selected Skilled Workers

4. Atlantic Immigration Program

5. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

6. Agri-Food Pilot

7. Caregivers

8. Family Sponsorship

9. Start-up visa

10. Self-employed

Steps to Apply for Canada PR

Follow these steps to apply for Canada PR:

Step 1. Complete your language test ( IELTS, PTE, and CELPIP for English language proficiency and TEF or TCF for French language proficiency).

Step 2. Apply for Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA).

Step 2. Create an Express Entry profile.

Step 3. In the Express Entry draw, receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)

Step 4. Fill out the PR application

Step 5. Pay the fees and submit your Canada PR application.

How TCWW Can Help You?

Talent Connected Worldwide (TCWW) is a CICC-listed consultancy that recently received the award for the best immigration company in India.

Our experts will assess your case thoroughly and guide you in your Canada PR process. We will help you choose the best pathways based on your specific needs. 

We will assist in your documentation and offer supportive documents (if applicable). If you contact TCWW, we will provide free IELTS training to help you excel in your language test.

For more information regarding Canada immigration, get in touch with our immigration experts and get a FREE counseling session.

Is education free for PR holders in Canada?

Yes, High school and elementary education is free for all Canadian permanent residents.

What is the Canada PR processing time?

The Canada PR processing time is around 6 to 8 months. However, to speed up your processing time, ensure that all of the required documents you have provided are accurate.

Is IELTS mandatory for Canada PR?

To get Canada PR you have to prove your language skills. However, IELTS is not mandatory for PR, you can take PTE or CELPIP in place of IELTS to prove your English language proficiency.

What is the fastest way to get Canada PR?

Express Entry is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get Canada PR. You can apply PR through the following Express Entry programs:

1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Which are the best and most trustworthy immigration consultants?

Talent Connected Worldwide is a government-approved consultancy. You can check our credentials on the CICC portal.

We recently won the award of best immigration consultant. With 15+ years of experience, we will help you a lot in your Canada Immigration process.

What is the validity of a Canada PR card?

Canada PR card is valid for 5 years. Your PR status will not be lost even if your PR card has expired. To maintain your permanent residency you should renew the card as soon as possible.

Can Permanent Residents Apply for Canadian Citizenship?

Yes, permanent residents can apply for Canadian Citizenship. However, permanent residents can enjoy most of the benefits, rights, and privileges as Canadian citizens. 

Does having a job offer increase the chances of getting PR?

Yes, having a valid job offer can increase your chances of getting a PR.

Khushboo Kumari

Khushboo Kumari

She is a content specialist at TCWW. She has expertise in content writing on various topics including immigration, education and travel.

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