New Selection Categories Announced for Express Entry Candidates

Sean Fraser, Canada's Immigration Minister, has made an exciting announcement that will open up new opportunities for Express Entry candidates. The Express Entry system has introduced category-based selection draws, targeting specific professions to address Canada's workforce demands.

Express Entry’s Six New Categories

The six new categories unveiled by IRCC include healthcare, STEM professionals, trades (such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors), transport, and agriculture. Candidates with a strong French language proficiency or relevant work experience in these fields will be prioritized.

To be eligible for the category-based draws, candidates must have at least six months of continuous work experience in a single listed occupation within the past three years. Detailed eligibility requirements will be provided in the instructions for each round.

This strategic move by IRCC aims to attract highly skilled workers who can contribute to Canada's economy and integrate into communities nationwide. The selected occupations under these categories are on the official IRCC website.

The draws under the new categories are anticipated to commence in the upcoming summer, offering prospective candidates a chance to make their Express Entry dreams a reality. Calculate your CRS scores to find out if you’re eligible.

In response to labor shortages and the need to enhance the presence of the French language in non-Quebec French communities, IRCC has introduced new categories to fill job vacancies across Canada. Immigration is expected to be vital in addressing the labor deficit and promoting French language utilization in these communities.

Fraser stated, “Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country experiencing chronic labor shortages. These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure they have the skilled workers needed to grow and succeed. We can also grow our economy and help businesses with labor shortages while increasing the number of French-proficient candidates to help ensure the vitality of French-speaking communities. Put simply, Canada’s immigration system has never been more responsive to the country’s social or economic needs.”

Jobs That Meet The Requirements

The following tables showcase various occupations eligible for Express Entry’s new categories.

Health-Related Occupations NOC Code TEER Category
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists 31112 1
Chiropractors 31201 1
Dentists 31110 1
Dieticians and nutritionists 31121 1
Education counselors 41320 1
General practitioners and family physicians 31102 1
Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment 31204 1
Nurse practitioners 31302 1
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors 31300 1
Occupational therapists 31203 1
Optometrists 31111 1
Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating 31209 1
Physician assistants, midwives, and allied health professionals 31303 1
Physiotherapists 31202 1
Psychologists 31200 1
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 31301 1
Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine 31100 1
Specialists in surgery 31101 1
Therapists in counseling and related specialized therapies 41301 1
Veterinarians 31103 1
Instructors of persons with disabilities 42203 2
Licensed practical nurses 32101 2
Massage therapists 32201 2
Medical laboratory technologists 32120 2
Medical radiation technologists 32121 2
Medical sonographers 32122 2
Other practitioners of natural healing 32209 2
Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment 32109 2
Paramedical occupations 32102 2
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists, and cardiopulmonary technologists 32103 2
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists 32200 2
Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations 33101 3
Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates 33102 3
Other assisting occupations in support of health services 33109 3
Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants 33103 3

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Occupations NOC Code TEER Category
Architecture and science managers 20011 0
Computer and information systems managers 20012 0
Engineering managers 20010 0
Architects 21200 1
Business systems specialists 21221 1
Civil Engineers 21300 1
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 21311 1
Computer systems developers and programmers 21230 1
Cybersecurity specialists 21220 1
Data scientists 21211 1
Database analysts and data administrators 21223 1
Electrical and electronics engineers 21310 1
Industrial and manufacturing engineers 21321 1
Information systems specialists 21222 1
Land surveyors 21203 1
Landscape Architects 21201 1
Mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries 21210 1
Metallurgical and materials engineers 21322 1
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants, and program officers 41400 1
Software developers and programmers 21232 1
Software engineers and designers 21231 1
Urban and land use planners 21202 1
Web designers 21233 1
Web developers and programmers 21234 1

Trade Occupations NOC Code TEER Category
Elevator constructors and mechanics 72406 2
Machine fitters 72405 2
Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics 72402 2
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics 72400 2
Carpenters 72310 2
Plumbers 72300 2
Electricians (except industrial and power systems) 72200 2
Welders and related machine operators 72106 2
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers, and services 72014 2
Residential and commercial installers and servicers 73200 3

Transport Occupations NOC Code TEER Category
Managers in transportation 70020 0
Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators 72604 2
Engineer officers, water transport 72603 2
Deck officers, water transport 72602 2
Air traffic controllers and related occupations 72601 2
Air pilots, flight engineers, and flying instructors 72600 2
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors 72404 2
Railway carmen/women 72403 2
Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors 93200 3
Transport truck drivers 73300 3

Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations NOC Code TEER Category
Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance, and horticulture services 82031 2
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors 82030 2
Butchers- retail and wholesale 63201 3

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Addressing Canada's Workforce Shortage

In category-based rounds of invitations, candidates who meet specific eligibility criteria established by the Minister are invited to apply for permanent residence, contributing to identified economic goals. The criteria for these invitations include the following:

Category-based rounds complement general and program-specific rounds by prioritizing top-ranking candidates who can help meet specific economic goals.

The chosen categories are announced in advance, providing transparency and clarity to potential applicants.

Selection and Reporting Process

The selection of categories is based on labor market information, projections, and input received from various stakeholders, including provinces, territories, and partners across the country. Each year, a report is submitted to Parliament, providing details such as:

  • Categories chosen in the previous year
  • Rationale behind the selection and establishment of categories
  • Instructions for each category
  • Number of invitations issued for each category

Candidates with a Provincial or Territorial Nomination

Candidates with a provincial or territorial nomination continue to be invited through general and Provincial Nominee Program-specific rounds. These individuals have demonstrated the necessary skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the respective province or territory's economy.