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Canada Announces Job Categories To Be Prioritized For Express Entry

Canada Announces Job Categories To Be Prioritized For Express Entry
Canada Announces Job Categories To Be Prioritized For Express Entry

Express Entry applicants will be selected in lotteries held by Canada’s immigration minister, Sean Fraser.

The Canadian government’s immigration agency, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), gives preference to Express Entry applicants with high levels of French language fluency or relevant job experience in the following sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • Trades, such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and agri-food

The new category draws are expected to begin later this summer to fill open positions across Canada.

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The Minister said that by allowing IRCC to invite more skilled workers in these targeted professions, it will support Canada’s commitment to welcoming in-demand professionals into communities across the country.

Canada Announces Job Categories To Be Prioritized For Express Entry

in his statement.

Immigration is regarded as a critical component in alleviating labour shortages and increasing the prominence of the French language in French minority communities outside of Quebec.

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

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Following amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act made in June 2022, category-based draws were planned to start this year. The modifications give the minister the power to choose immigrants in support of Canada’s economic priorities based on key characteristics.

How the categories were chosen?

The Minister consults with provinces and territories, industry leaders, unions, employers, workers, worker advocacy groups, settlement provider organizations, and immigration scholars and practitioners to determine which categories are required by legislation.

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Each year, IRCC will report to parliament on:

  • the categories were chosen the previous year
  • why and how they were chosen
  • the instructions to establish a category
  • the number of invitations issued for each category

About Express Entry

To address the shifting demands of Canada’s economy and labour market, Express Entry was established in 2015. The Express Entry is a system for managing applications for three types of economic immigration programs which are: the Federal Skilled Workers Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) assigns candidates rankings based on a wide range of human capital indicators, including but not limited to job experience, language competence, occupation, and education. The candidates with the highest overall CRS score were the most likely to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.

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