Permanent residents are now allowed to enlist for the Canadian Army

The Canadian Armed Forces’ decision to enlist permanent residents reflects a positive shift in recognizing immigrants’ contributions. Achieving permanent residency marks a milestone in one’s Canadian journey, symbolizing a deeper connection to the country.

While previously faced with restrictions, such as the RCMP’s ten-year residency rule, this change signifies a step towards trusting and embracing permanent residents in critical roles. Personal experiences, like attempting to join the Ottawa Police Service as a post-graduate work permit holder, highlight the barriers many face in employment due to immigration status.

It’s a welcome change that organizations are now acknowledging permanent residents’ capabilities and potential contributions during recruitment shortages.

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